US$2 mil bribe allegedly wired to unnamed adviser linked to Najib
Monies were given from an offshore account apparently in the name of Tim Leissner’s wife
(The Vibes) – An unnamed adviser linked to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak allegedly received a US$2 million bribe from an offshore account apparently in the name of former Goldman Sachs banker Tim Leissner’s wife.
This was revealed in the ongoing trial of Leissner’s former colleague Roger Ng, who is accused of money laundering and bribery in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.
While details are scant, the bribery allegedly took place after Leissner and Ng were in Hong Kong in 2012 with fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, reported Bloomberg.
“Please don’t tell Roger about our meeting with the friend,” Leissner wrote in a Blackberry message to another Goldman Sachs banker during the trip. Transaction records showed that there was a transfer of US$2 million after the trip from an offshore account to a then Najib adviser.