Roger Ng: Sg Buloh Prison was absolute hell

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Ng is asking the judge to consider his plea for no additional jail time in the US when sentencing is meted out on March 9.

Reuters

Roger Ng, a former Goldman Sachs banker and convicted conspirator in the 1MDB scandal, has pleaded for leniency in a letter to US District Judge Margo Brodie, detailing the appalling conditions of the Malaysian prison in which he was held prior to his extradition to the US.

Ng has argued that his six-month incarceration in Malaysia’s Sungai Buloh prison was “absolute hell” and that this alone should be sufficient punishment for his crimes.

In his letter, Ng described the inhumane conditions of his imprisonment, including being housed with rats and other vermin, sleeping on a cement floor, and contracting malaria and leptospirosis, a bacterial infection spread through contact with rat urine.

Ng also revealed that when he was taken to court, he was handcuffed with 20 other prisoners in a “chain” and loaded into a crowded truck.

Ng said that he was held in solitary confinement for up to two weeks at a time and that the experience had a devastating effect on him both mentally and physically.

He wrote that the time spent without sunlight and in isolation made him lose his mind and become “frightful.”

Ng is asking Judge Brodie to give him no additional jail time in the US when he is sentenced on March 9th.

Ng is the only Goldman employee to have gone to trial over the 1MDB scandal, which involved the looting of Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.

His former boss, Tim Leissner, has already pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in September.

Goldman Sachs itself paid over $2.3 billion in a plea deal, which represents the largest penalty in US history for a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.