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We will be taking legal action through US laws says Husam

Husam in talks with US lawyers to file suit over 1MDB

Former PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa is seeking advice from US lawyers to see the possibility of filing a suit against those found to have stolen funds that belonged to the Malaysian public in the 1MDB scandal.

“Together with some friends, we are considering the possibility of demanding from those who were linked to the parties named in the US with regard to the 1MDB scandal,” the Kelantan assemblyman said while attending a Hari Raya open house organised by Amanah in Tumpat last night.

He said the lawyers were of the view that banks and brokers involved in the illicit transactions as revealed recently by American investigators, should be answerable to the people of this country.

“We will be taking legal action through US laws,” he said.

He said details needed for the impending suit were already furnished to him, adding that they were ready to be delivered to US judicial authorities.

He said a well-known American bank was also involved in transactions of 1MDB funds which clearly were in violation of laws.

“We are confident of the cooperation from parties in the US which will enable us to file our demands against the bank.

“If needed, I would go there myself,” he added.

On July 20, documents released by US investigators revealed that some US$3.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB, and named top Malaysian officials involved in the illegal syphoning of money out of the state fund.

The document named the stepson of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Riza Aziz, for using more than RM250 million of 1MDB funds to finance the production of the movie “Wolf of Wall Street” starring Leonardo diCaprio.

Najib himself was not named, although the document merely cited “Malaysian Official 1”, in what some said reflected the cordial relationship between Najib and the Obama administration.