Saturday, January 20, 2018

Najib Razak Stars in a BBC Documentary

Prime Minister Najib Razak (right) is a star! He has appeared in the latest episode of BBC's "House of Saud: A Family at War", a documentary series on the conflicted Saudi royal family. 

"The Malaysian people are angry. They believe they have been robbed" – thus, began the hour-long episode, which aired on Tuesday and which may be viewed online in the UK on the BBC website. 

The second episode of the series traces the beginnings of the 1MDB scandal, to a deal the seventh son of the late Saudi King, Prince Turki Abdullah sealed in 2009 to receive $1 billion (RM4 billion) in investments via PetroSaudi International. 

Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor are shown in a picture with Prince Turki and Penang businessman Low Teck Jho (better known as Jho Low), on board the luxury yacht Tatoosh, where a plot was allegedly hatched to siphon money from the sovereign wealth fund. 

Sarawak Report's editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown is depicted in an interview telling the BBC that some $700 million had disappeared from the said fund. Leaked documents showed that $681 million was transferred to Najib’s personal bank account in March 2013, just before GE13, Rewcastle said. 

Prince Turki bin Abdullah allegedly received $77 million in commissions for his part in the scheme, the leaked e-mails told us, the documentary said. 

FYI, he was among 11 princes, four ministers and dozens of former ministers who were detained on November 04, 2017, according to Dubai-based Saudi channel Al Arabiya. 

A selection of those arrested by Saudi Arabian authorities. Webpage: 

The arrests came after the Kingdom on the same day, had announced the formation of the Supreme Anti-Corruption Committee, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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