Najib’s stepson Riza Aziz quizzed by MACC

PUTRAJAYA: Hollywood film producer Riza Aziz, the son of former prime minister Najib Razak, was questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today in connection with the ongoing investigation into state investment fund 1MDB.

He arrived at the MACC headquarters here at 1.30pm with his lawyer K Kumaraendran.

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 the MACC.

Rosmah and her husband Najib are being 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.

Najib was questioned by MACC on May 22.

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.