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PM’s step-daughter claims Riza paying the price for acting the “dutiful son”

GREED BREAKS UP FIRST FAMILY: YOU SHOULD HAVE NAMED NAJIB – DAUGHTER TELLS U.S., WARNS MOM ROSMAH

The step-daughter of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has issued a rebuke of her family, claiming her Wolf of Wall Street producer brother was paying the price for acting the “dutiful son”.

She further charged that the US government had “copped out” by not naming public officials ­involved in the multi-billion-­dollar heist from state development fund 1MDB.

In a statement uploaded to Twitter and Facebook, Azrene Soraya Abdul Aziz also appealed to her estranged mother Rosmah Mansor, the second wife of Mr Najib, not to throw her US-based brother Riza Aziz under a bus “so that you and your husband can get off scot-free”.

Mr Aziz, a co-founder of Hollywood production company Red Granite, was one of several people named in a US Justice ­Department lawsuit this week that seeks the seizure of $1.3 billion in assets bought with money stolen from the 1MDB Malaysian State Development fund he oversaw.

Red Granite, producer of The Wolf of Wall Street, said it had no reason to believe the money was “illegitimate” and Mr Aziz had done nothing wrong.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said he had seen the post but could not comment on private family matters.

“She has a right to say what she wants to say but I can say for sure that the mother and daughter have been estranged for many years. We are not responding to it at the moment,” he said.

Malaysian Attorney-General Mohammad Apandi Ali was quick to point out this week that Mr Najib was not named in the lawsuits, the first substantive ­action taken by a foreign government in relation to the mis­approp­­riation of 1MDB funds that some estimates put as high as $US6bn ($8bn).

However, the lawsuits refer to a “Malaysian Official 1” 32 times, including in connection with an inquiry by Mr Apandi into a $US681 million payment transferred into the personal account of “Malaysian Official 1” that was ultimately found to be a “personal donation to Malaysian Official 1 from the Saudi Royal Family”.

Mr Apandi personally oversaw an investigation into $US681m in cash transfers into Mr Najib’s bank accounts, which concluded that the money was a donation from the Saudi royals.

Mr Najib said on Thursday that his stepson Riza Aziz, “like anybody else, has his rights”, and that the government would fully co-operate with all international investigations but that no wrongdoing had been proven.

Ms Azrene wrote on her Facebook page that her brother could be paying the price for signing his “soul to the devil to own what does not belong to him”.

“If he stood as proxy or as a trustee for what does not belong to him or any individual who asked him to be the ‘dutiful son’, he needs to pay for it,” the Malaysian image consultant said.

And in a direct appeal to her estranged mother, she added; “Please do not forsake another just so that you and your husband can get off scot-free. It is time for YOU to step to the plate and do what is right. Be. A. Mother.”

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GREED BREAKS UP FIRST FAMILY: YOU SHOULD HAVE NAMED NAJIB – DAUGHTER TELLS U.S., WARNS MOM ROSMAH
Written by The Australian
23 July 2016

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