US lawyer: DoJ not targeting any particular person in 1MDB probe

Tom-GoldsteinSHAH ALAM: The US Department of Justice (DoJ) is not targeting any particular individual related to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) issue, said a prominent appellate advocate of the United States.

Tom Goldstein, who is one of the nation’s most experienced Supreme Court practitioners, said the DoJ only filed a civil lawsuit seeking the forfeiture and recovery of assets linked to 1MDB.

“… (DOJ) only initiated civil forfeiture action against the property and not criminal action against anyone.

“Thus, my final point is it is not correct to say the United States has taken action against individuals (related to 1MDB),” he said during a question-and-answer session after delivering a talk on Criminal Litigation in the United States at Universiti Teknologi Mara here today.

Earlier, during a separate question-and-answer session, Goldstein had said civil forfeiture would continue to exist in the United States and, as such, there was no realistic prospect that it would be declared unconstitutional.