PUTRAJAYA: The stepson of former prime minister Najib Razak, Riza Aziz, was questioned for nine hours by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) here today.
The questioning will continue tomorrow afternoon.
MACC chief commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull confirmed with Bernama that there was no necessity to detain him for the moment.
He said the MACC only recorded Riza’s statement concerning the investigation involving 1MDB.
Riza had arrived at the MACC building at 1.30pm today with his lawyer, K Kumaraendran. He left at 10.30pm.
Media reports have linked Riza’s US-based company, Red Granite, to money allegedly siphoned from 1MDB.
His questioning by the commission comes nearly a month after his mother, Rosmah Mansor, was questioned by MACC. Her husband, Najib, was questioned by MACC on May 22 and May 24.
Rosmah and Najib were probed as part of the investigation into former 1MDB subsidiary, SRC International, and some RM42 million that was channelled into Najib’s personal bank account.
This afternoon, Najib was arrested at his home by MACC and will face charges related to SRC.
The US Department of Justice claims that Red Granite, which produced the Oscar-nominated film “Wolf of Wall Street”, received money misappropriated from 1MDB. Riza has denied the claim.
In 2015, Najib filed a lawsuit against PAS-owned Harakah Daily for allegedly defaming him over the 1MDB issue in an article “Dana 1MDB biayai syarikat filem Riza Aziz” (1MDB funds financed Riza Aziz’s film company).
However, Red Granite in March this year agreed to pay US$60 million (RM234 million) to the US government to resolve allegations that it profited from corrupt money involving 1MDB.