Ex-DoJ lawyer says Riza Aziz is not guilty

(Malaysia Today) – Matthew Schwartz from the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, an American law firm founded by David Boies and Jonathan D. Schiller in 1997, says that Riza Aziz is innocent of the charges against him.

“Today’s charges are a repeat of civil allegations that had previously been resolved with the US government without any admission or finding of wrongdoing, and which resulted in $60 million being given to Malaysia,” said Schwartz.

Schwartz added, “It is an absolute travesty that Riza has become collateral damage in a political crusade to jail his step-father. When the actual evidence comes out, it will be clear that he has done nothing wrong.”

Schwartz’s expertise is in government and internal investigations, white collar defence, regulatory compliance, and complex civil litigation. Schwartz has been described as a “buttoned-up assassin in the courtroom” and is praised for his “laser-like focus and precision.”

Forbes (December 2014) said Schwartz possesses the consistent ability to take knotty issues and distilling them to their essence. He has first-chaired numerous jury and non-jury trials and personally argued more than a dozen federal appeals.

Boies Schiller Flexner’s wesbite says, “From 2005 to 2015, Matthew was a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York. As a senior member of that office’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, he led a number of high-profile matters, including the investigations and deferred prosecution agreements with JPMorgan and Commerzbank AG on BSA/AML charges; the investigation and prosecutions related to the “London Whale” trades; and all aspects of the government’s investigation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities. He conducted investigations in parallel with the SEC, CFTC, OCC, Federal Reserve Board, FinCEN, OFAC, and PCAOB; state Attorneys General and other regulators, such as the New York State Department of Financial Services; and foreign regulators and law enforcement, such as the UK Financial Conduct Authority.”