Rohana to return US$10m for house she got from Leissner

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Former Astro chief executive officer Rohana Rozhan, who is said to have been involved in a 10-year relationship with ex-Goldman Sachs banker Tim Leissner, has agreed to return US$10 million – the cost of a London house given to her by Leissner – according to a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) source.

A report by Utusan Malaysia said MACC is “actively obtaining” the money after she agreed to hand over “assets Leissner had given her” from 1MDB-linked funds.

“The process of obtaining the assets is being actively done by MACC now,” the report quoted the source as saying.

Leissner, a prosecution witness, had told the US trial of former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng that he bought Rohana a US$10 million house in London in 2013 after she threatened to expose his involvement in 1MDB.

His testimony prompted MACC to take a statement from Rohana in February, after she expressed readiness to assist the authorities in the investigation.

Leissner, Ng’s boss at Goldman, had pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to launder money and violate an anti-bribery law in 2018. He agreed to cooperate with the government.

Ng was convicted by a US jury last week of conspiring to violate an anti-corruption law to help loot hundreds of millions of dollars from 1MDB. – FMT