Even though the alleged offence committed by Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz, took place overseas, the stepson of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak could be charged in a Malaysian court.
Najib described the five money-laundering charges against Riza today as involving "foreign investors" and overseas transactions through foreign banks. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!
Meanwhile, Former Prime Minister Najib Razak, has been charged with dozens of criminal counts in connection with the disappearance of billions from a government fund.
Riza, the founder and CEO of Red Granite Pictures, was detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission this afternoon local time, according to the Malay Mail.
The producer of Hollywood blockbuster The Wolf of Wall Street, a movie alleged to have been financed with money siphoned from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), has been under investigation by local authorities for months.
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In addition to the new charges against Aziz, his stepfather has been charged with abuse of power, breach of trust and money laundering while his mother, Rosmah Mansor, faces charges for money laundering and tax evasion.
Riza was also credited as an executive producer on Daddy's Home, a comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, and Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe.
In 2017 the company agreed to settle a United States civil lawsuit against it for $60 million, and in May the DOJ returned most of that money to Malaysia.
USA investigators say Red Granite used money stolen from 1MDB to finance Hollywood films.
Riza's sister, Nooryana Najwa, has slammed the legal action against her brother. He has pleaded not guilty and has consistently denied wrongdoing.
Aziz's production company, Red Granite Pictures Inc., settled with the US Justice Department for $60 million in September, which was returned to Malaysia along with other 1MDB funds recovered.