MACC arrests Riza Aziz

Riza Aziz, the son of Rosmah Mansor and owner of Red Granite Pictures. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: Hollywood film producer Riza Aziz is believed to have been arrested at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters here this afternoon.

Sources said Riza, the son of Rosmah Mansor, would be charged as the owner of Red Granite Pictures with five counts of receiving laundered money from Good Star Ltd, a company associated with fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho.

He is expected to be detained and charged in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court tomorrow.

The US Department of Justice claims that Red Granite, which produced the Oscar-nominated film “Wolf of Wall Street”, received money misappropriated from 1MDB.

DoJ filed a civil asset forfeiture action against Red Granite in July 2016 as part of broader efforts to recoup more than US$1 billion allegedly embezzled from 1MDB.

In March last year, Riza’s Red Granite agreed to pay US$60 million (RM234 million) to the US government to resolve allegations that it profited from corrupt money involving 1MDB. The payment was settled within six months.