Najib lodges report against ex-Goldman banker Leissner, wants names of bribed Malaysian officials

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Najib claims this is important to the principle of receiving a fair trial.

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has filed a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in a bid to compel the government to extradite former Goldman Sachs South-east Asia chairman, Tim Leissner.

Najib said the aim was to acquire documents that could provide evidence of his alleged false implication in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) global financial scandal.

He explained the MACC report was made against Leissner so that the latter may be asked in court to divulge the identities of Malaysians that the former banker had allegedly bribed or documents revealing their names, and for appropriate legal action to then be taken against them.

Although Leissner had pleaded guilty in court to giving the bribes and Goldman Sachs had to pay compensation of RM16.4 billion to the Malaysian government, the names of the bribed officials were never made public.

Najib said he was very curious why the government and the prosecution did not seem keen to know and take action against the officials bribed by Leissner.

“Goldman Sachs senior manager Tim Leissner pleaded guilty in court that he had bribed several individuals from 1MDB companies and the Malaysian government whose names were not made public.

“As a result, Goldman Sachs agreed to pay compensation of US$3.9 billion equivalent to RM16.4 billion to the Malaysian government last year,” he said.

In February, Najib made a court filing in New York, seeking permission to obtain documents and testimony from investment bank Goldman Sachs to help in his defence against criminal charges in Malaysia over the 1MDB financial scandal.

“Earlier this year, my lawyer managed to win a case in the United States to get a list of names in Tim Leissner’s confession of those he had bribed.

“However, the US government through the Department of Justice (DoJ) objected to the US court decisions and prevented the names from being disclosed,” Najib said.

Since the filing was rejected by the DoJ, Najib explained today that he has no other choice but to seek the help of the attorney general to either extradite Leissner or acquire the aforementioned documents.

“This is important to the principle of receiving a fair trial. This is very crucial evidence.

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“So, if we believe in a fair trial and the rule of law, these names must be exposed because it does not just involve the principle of a fair trial but the credibility of these witnesses,” he added.

In 2018, the US Justice Department filed criminal charges against two former Goldman Sachs bankers, Leissner and Roger Ng.

Leissner pleaded guilty to the charges in 2019, while Ng’s case is still pending in a New York court.