In 1MDB Trial Closings US Describes Roger Ng Co Conspirators and Bribes in Malaysia and UAE


In

1MDB Trial Closings US
Describes Roger Ng Co
Conspirators and Bribes in
Malaysia and UAE

By
Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon EDNY

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EDNY COURTHOUSE,
April 4 – In the 1MDB scandal
Inner City Press live tweeted
a proceeding in August 2020, here

and below.

On January 28,
2021 Ng Chong Hwa, a.k.a.
“Roger Ng” was applying to be
released on a curfew. Inner
City Press live tweeted it here.

On January 26,
2021 U.S. District Court for
the Eastern District of New
York Chief
Judge

Margo K.
Brodie held
another
proceeding.
Inner City
Press covered
it, and now
begins
to 

cover the
trial.

On
February 15
Inner City
Press went to
EDNY. No
electronics,
not in
the overflow
courtroom.
(So standup
VLOG in
Cadman Plaza
afterward here).

On
February 22,
Inner City
Press again went to
EDNY, for
testimony by
cooperator Tim
Leissner.
While no electronics
in the
overflow
courtroom, it was
able to
quickly tweet
a thread when
the trial day
ended, here.

On
February 23,
Inner
City Press yet
again went to
EDNY, for
more direct
testimony by
cooperator Tim
Leissner. It
was able to
quickly tweet
a thread when
the trial day
ended, here.

On
February 24,
Leissner
described his yacht and
deal(s) with
Russell Simmons.

At the
end, a discussion
of marital
privilege and
travel ban. Inner
City Press ran
down, before vlog
from outside,
to tweet from
the Media
Room, here and

below.

On
February 25 there was
a short
conference which
Inner
City Press
live tweeted here

On
February 28
Judge Brodie held a
proceeding
with a slew of
white collar
crime lawyers,
and decided
the trial will
continue on
March 1. Inner
City Press
live tweeted here.

And on
March 1, the
cross examination

of Leissner by
Ng’s
lawyer began.
Inner City Press
live tweeted,
here
(and March 1
vlog oustide
EDNY
courthouse, here)

On
March 2,
Leissner
admitted to
lying about
meeting UAE
Prince Mansour
(and citing
the Crown
Prince); Goldman
Sachs gave a
job to the
daughter of
Malaysia’s
then
Ambassador to
the US.
Inner City
Press, after
reporting on UAE’s
absentions and
opacity in the
UN, went to
EDNY then
tweeted a
thread from
the media
room, here (then
vlog, here)

On
March 3, Leissner
spoke more
about UAE
Sheikh
Mansour’s
letter and GCC
royals bidding
on an
expensive
underwear
firm. Inner
City Press
went into EDNY
then tweeted a
thread from
the Media
Room, here 
(then vlog,
here)

Note:
At end of day
and week,
Judge Brodie
said that a
juror
overheard
journalists
talking about
the Jho Low /
Ng trial in
the EDNY
lobby, told
them to stop.

And at
the end of
another week,
former Goldman
Sachs compliance
man
Patrick Kidney
laid
blame on Ng
for after
expressing suspicion still
doing business
with Low. But
what about the
UAE royals,
and the UN which
kept
Malaysians’
money?

Another
week, and the
end is nearing,
the glitz
running thin amid
non-answers by
the UAE
Mission to the
UN on its
role, and from
the UN on
where the
money to its
affiliates
went, and why
none had
been returned
to Malaysians.
On March 17
Kirk Godby, a marketing executive at the Las Vegas
Venetian
Kirk Godby, a marketing executive at the Las Vegas
Venetian
Kirk
Godby of the
Las Vegas
Venetian

testified

that Roger Ng
was with Jho
Low at a baccarat table at
5am on November
29, 2010
when

Low burned
through $1.75
million. Ng,
the defendant,
lost $22,500.
The US
Attorneys
say

they aim to

rest
their case on
March 23.
Judge Brodie
told jurors
they could begin
deliberating
around
March 29.

 Early
on

March 22 Ng’s
lawyers put in
a letter
opposing the
US
introduction
of a Goldman
Sachs exhibit, even
in redacted
form: “Dear
Chief Judge
Brodie: 
We write to
address the
concerns that
counsel raised
earlier today
regarding the
Goldman Sachs
trainings
materials and
policies that
the government
seeks to
introduce
through
Caroline
Fraser. 
One exhibit
(GX-551 at 54)
even has a
picture of a
Chance Card
from the game
Monopoly that
states: “Go
directly to
jail.”  Full
letter on
Patreon here.

 On

March
23, FBI agent
Sean Fern testified

that some
$24.4 million
was switched
from an
account
controlled by
Leissner’s
ex-wife, Judy
Chan Leissner,
to
another 
held by Ng’s
mother-in-law
Tan Kim Chin, just
after Goldman
Sachs colluded
in
a
bond deal
involving the
1MDB fund.
$10.7 million
arrived in
Tan’s offshore
account.

 
But where is the stolen
money Jho Low
gave to United
Nations affiliates?

How can they
get away with
keeping it,
and the UN of
Antontio Guterres
and his spokespeople
Stephane

Dujarric and
Melissa
Fleming be
allowed to
refuse all
questions
about it,
daily written
questions from
Inner City
Press which
they still
ban?

On March 28 in a cross-river echo
of the
Gislaine
Maxwell /
Scotty David
juror
non-disclosure
broohaha in
the SDNY, an
alternate
juror in
the Roger Ng trial
wrote to Judge
Brodie
about a
$1000 role in
the Wolf of
Wall Street, funded
by money
stolen from
Malaysian through
1MDB. Now
what?

There’s
also this:
MOTION for
Acquittal on
Count Two
pursuant to
Rule 29 by Ng
Chong Hwa.
(Agnifilo,
Marc)

On
March
29, 
Roger Ng’s
wife, Hwee Bin
Lim, explained

no longer
having
the letter she
got
from Chan
Leissner
acknowledging an
investement.

“When you
invest in
China, there’s
no point for
documents,”
Lim said.
“Even if I
have a
document,
where do I go
to enforce
it?” Where indeed.

In a
parallel
universe in
Malaysia, the

High
Court 
granted an ad
interim
injunction
against Jho
Low, to
prevent him
from
transferring
or dissipating
his $1
billion
in

Malaysia. 1MDB
lawyer

Siva Kumar
Kanagasabai told

the Press

that the ad
interim
injunction is
effective
until an
“inter-parteapplication

is disposed
of.

But the
UN affiliates
have not
returned one penny of
the money
stolen from
Malaysian that
was funneled
to them by Jho
Low.

On
April 3, just
before closing
arguments,

Judge Brody
kept out some of
Roger Ng’s
wife’s
records:
“ORDER as to
Ng Chong Hwa.
During trial
on March 30,
2022, as part
of its
rebuttal case,
the Government
sought to
admit into
evidence
reports and
financial
statements
showing the
income of
defense
witness Hwee
Bin Lim’s
family
business
across several
years
beginning in
2016, arguing
that these
documents are
relevant to
whether the
$35 million
traceable from
the 1MDB bond
deals to
Defendant were
kickbacks from
the alleged
bribery
scheme, or, as
Defendant
argues, the
return on an
investment
made by Lim
between 1996
and 1999 with
funds from her
family’s
business and
investments,
as well to
whether Lim
made false
representations
on bank
account
opening
documents.
Defendant
objected to
the admission
of these
documents,
arguing that
the money the
business
generated in
2016 and later
is neither
relevant to
nor probative
of the state
of the
business
between 1996
and 1999. For
the reasons
discussed on
the record,
the Court
denies the
Government’s
application to
admit the
2017, 2018,
2019, and 2020
reports and
financial
statements. As
Ng argues, the
probative
value of the
records is
diminished by
the almost
“two decades”
between the
investment and
the records.
Ordered by
Chief Judge
Margo K.
Brodie on
4/3/2022.”

On
March 4 in the
US closing,

AUSA Alixandraclosing

AUSA Alixandra
Smith said that
while NG “
was

making
millions of
dollars a year
working for
Goldman Sachs,
he wanted
glory to move
up from being
a managing
director to a
partner… 
He
wanted the
money
promised,
which was $35
million. The

defendant
would have you
believe that
he’s up there
by accident,
the only one
who didn’t
know what was
going on. But

all the
evidence makes
it clear:
Everything the
defendant did
was in line
with what all
the
co-conspirators
were
doing.”  
As
noted, there
were

bribes paid

officials in
Malaysia and the UAE<
not answer
UAE,

not
answered on by
the UAE
Mission e the
UN
to

the UN to get
the 1MDB
business for
Goldman. Smith
said, “The
harm to the
people of
Malaysia is
immeasurable.” Tell
it to the UN
affiliate
iates
which won‘t
return any of
the money.

Watch this
site.





 Back on
March 14, FBI
agent Eric Van
Dorn laid out
the US
government’s
estimate of
who stole what.
Not
surprisingly,
Jho Low now in
China was at
the top, with
$1.42 billion.
Najib
despite his
protestations
came in at
$756 million
while his son
in law, and
Wolf of Wall
Street financier,
Riza Aziz took
$238 million.

 
Notably, while
even the
government for
whom he is
cooperating says Goldman
Sachs’ Tim
Leissner stole
$73.4 million
(of which
he’s returned,
supposedly,
only $43.7
million), the
defendant he
is cooperating

against, Roger Ng,
allegedly
stole $35.1
million.

 
On the
much
air-brushed
UAE front,
Khadem alQubaisi

is said to
have taken
$472.8 million
and an
Aabar-ite on
whom we’ll
have more took $76.6
million. And
the other UAE
royals and
diplomats? The
UAE
Mission has
yet to answer
a single
written question,

and colludes
with the UN
of Antonio
Guterres in
banning the
Press that
asks.

 
Aziz had
to return $60
million he put
into the Wolf
of Wall
Street. So why
hasn’t any of
the money put
into UN affiliates,

including well
documented and
even
publicized
transactions
by Jho Low (including

to the UN
Foundation)
been returned?
We’ll
have more on
this.

Some
Q&A: Ng’s
lawyer: So UAE
and GCC royals
were trying to
buy La Perla.
What’s that?
Tim Leissner:
It’s a high
end underwear
company. Ng’s
lawyer
(perhaps
disingenuously)
What’s GCC?
Tim Leissner:
The Gulf
Council. The
Arab states
around the
Gulf

Q: So
did you have
UAE Sheikh
Mansour’s
letter to PM
Najib on you
when you were
arrested at
Dulles
6/10/18? TL:
Yes. I kept it
on my person
for years. Q:
Did you give
it to the FBI
then? TL: No,
only when I
was up in NY.
Q: Where is it
now? TL: With
my wife in LA.

 Q:

Jho Low’s
birthday party
in Vegas,
let’s go over
the invitation
list, people
from the UAE,
Saudi Arabia,
Mongolia,
Kuwait, oh and
Aruba. Is Ng
on the list?

TL: No,
but he was
there. I saw
him in the
lobby. Q: You
saw Swizz
Beatz give a
gift to Jho
Low? TL: Yes.

 Q:

Kate Upton
danced, but
you told the
FBI that Roger
Ng was most
excited about
Bradley Cooper
being there?
Tim Leissner:
I don’t
remember
telling the
FBI that.

Ng’s
lawyer: I
think we’re at
a transition
point and
could end.


 Inner

City Press is
covering it,
for project #TheWeaselOfWallStreet

in a time of
war 

Inner
City Press
remains on the
case. New
song here

Ng’s
counsel submitted

a letter: “Dear
Chief Judge
Brodie: We
write in
response to
the
government’s
February 20,
2022, letter
(Dkt. 147)
requesting
that the Court
preclude Mr.
Ng from
introducing an
exculpatory
banker’s
notation
contained in a
June 13, 2012,
Capital Place
bank record.”
Full letter on
Patreon here.

Feb 24
EDNY vlog here;

a Feb
23 EDNY standup here.

Before, a
Feb 22 EDNY
stand-up,
here.

 And see,
TheWeaselofWallStreet
,
new Jho Low
Blues here

 On
February 18
the US filed a
redacted
letter to
Judge Brodie,
that “The
government
respectfully
submits this
letter to
notify the
Court of the
status 
of the
government’s
efforts to
determine
whether the
defendant’s
wife, is 
subject to a
travel ban
and, if so,
how this ban
may be lifted
for purposes
of having her
testify 
at this
trial. 
As brief
background, on
January 26,
2022, the
defendant
filed a motion
in 
limine
requesting
that defense
witnesses and
(the
defendant’s 
brother-in-law)

be allowed to
testify
remotely via
CCTV. ECF No.
122 (“Ng
Br.”).
In 
support of his
argument that
was
unavailable to
testify in
person, the
defendant 
argued that
Malaysia had
prohibited her
from traveling
to the United
States. Ng Br.
at 4-5. 
The government
opposed the
defendant’s
motion,
arguing that
any purported
unavailability 

of may be
obviated.Full
letter on
Patreon here.

On
February 15 o
n
the stand Strategic

Marketing
Group’s
Cummings about
money paid out
to party with
Jho Lo and and
in at least
one case Roger Ng.
$150,000 to
Leonardo DiCaprio,
money to P.
Diddy, Kim
Kardashian,
Jamie Foxx.

 
Ng’s lawyer,
on cross,
asking about a
notation
for wrangling

models, and
“models” in
quotes.

 
On February
16, Tim Leissner
testified on
direct that
“t
he
bribes and
kickbacks made
the
transactions
possible” and
“instantaneously
make us heroes” at Goldman.

Now,
delay: the

trial is not
sitting on February
17
because

of a juror’s
prior
commitment – and
will
resume on
Tuesday
morning with
Leissner still
on direct.

Inner
City Press is
taking the
steps it can
to cover this
and
other EDNY
cases more
closely. Watch
this site.

 
On
January 26 it
emerged that if any
juror is
unvaccinated,
no member of
the public – or
press? – will
be allowed in
the courtroom.
Is this, then,
a public
trial? There
were also
arguments
about an
account run by
Ng’s wife, and a
statement that
there are no
jury trials in
Malaysia. But
is the US, or
EDNY, moving
to trials
with no public
or press in
the courtroom?

  

It seems so.
On February 10 Chief
Judge Brodie confirmed
no public
or press in
the courtroom –
but did not
address why no
call-in line,
despite
saying everything

possible is
being done to
provide
access. From
the order,
quoting what
Judge Donnelly
did in the
R.Kelly case:

“as
Judge Ann
Donnelly noted
in Kelly,
“even a seat
in the
courtroom does
not guarantee
that there
never will be
a technical
problem, or
that observers
will have
unobstructed
views of every
participant in
the trial.”
Memorandum at
2, Kelly, No.
19-CR-286; see
also United
States v.
Barrow, No.
20-CV-127,
2021 WL
3602859, at
*11 (D.D.C.
Aug. 13, 2021)
(rejecting the
defendant’s
argument that
his Sixth
Amendment
right to a
public trial
was violated
because
members of the
public viewed
the
proceedings
from an
overflow
courtroom and
stating that,
“[a]s a
practical
matter, a
spectator
viewing a
trial from the
courtroom
gallery would
not have a
perfect sight
line of each
angle of the
courtroom —
let alone each
individual
juror”);
United States
v. Babichenko,
508 F. Supp.
3d 774, 779–80
(D. Idaho
2020) (noting
that a “video
feed of the
proceedings
will give the
public a much
better view of
the witness
testimony,
exhibits, and
examination,
than they
would have at
a satellite
[in-person]
location”).
“To the extent
that this
measure is a
partial limit
on public
access, it is
warranted by
the [Court’s]
‘overriding
interest’ in
ensuring
public safety
during a
global health
pandemic.”
Memorandum at
2, Kelly, No.
19-CR-286
(quoting
Press-Enter.
Co. v.
Superior Ct.
of Cal., 464
U.S. 501, 510
(1984)); see
also
Press-Enter.
Co., 464 U.S.
at 510 (“The
presumption of
openness may
be overcome
only by an
overriding
interest based
on findings
that closure
is essential
to preserve
higher values
and is
narrowly
tailored to
serve that
interest.”);
United States
v. Bledson,
No. 20-CR-99,
2021 WL
1152431, at *3
(M.D. Ala.
Mar. 25, 2021)
(“In light of
the pressing
health and
safety
concerns posed
by an open
trial [during
COVID-19], the
[c]ourt finds
that it has
advanced an
overriding
interest.”)...
There is no
reasonable
alternative to
the protocols
adopted by the
Court.”
Memorandum at
3, Kelly, No.
19-CR-286.” We
disagree – a
call in line
is possible,
and necessary.

Watch
this site –
Inner City
Press is
increasingly
covering the
EDNY, see here
and here
and more.


The case is US v.
Jho, et al., 18-cr-538
(Brodie)


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