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Recordings Show Najib’s Effort to Seek Help on 1MDB Scandal

  • Najib sought help from Abu Dhabi crown prince on 1MDB in 2016
  • Clips show elements of abuse of power, anti-graft agency says
Najib Razak

Najib Razak

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Malaysian investigators played audio recordings of former premier Najib Razak seeking help from people including a member of Abu Dhabi royalty and former prosecutors to try to untangle himself from the 1MDB scandal in 2016.

One of the clips show Najib reaching out to Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed to secure a meeting to discuss how to resolve the “impasse” relating to 1MDB and Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Co. in a July 26, 2016, conversation. That followed the U.S. Department of Justice filing lawsuits to seize assets linked to 1MDB and saying $3.5 billion had been misappropriated from the Malaysian state fund.