(COLUMBIA) Justice Dept Court Report: U.S. Entertainer/Businessman and Malaysian National Charged with Back-Channel Lobbying Campaign to Drop 1MDB Investigation and Remove Chinese Dissident from U.S. #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.13: A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned a superseding indictment Thursday charging a U.S. entertainer and businessman and a Malaysian national with orchestrating an unregistered, back-channel campaign beginning in or about 2017 to influence the then-administration of the President of the United States and the Department of Justice both to drop the investigation of Jho Low and others in connection with the international strategic and development company known as 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), and to send a Chinese dissident back to China.

In May 2019, Michel and Low were charged in the District of Columbia for allegedly orchestrating and concealing a foreign and conduit contribution scheme in which they funneled millions of dollars of Low’s money into the U.S. presidential election as purportedly legitimate campaign contributions, all while concealing the true source of the money. According to the indictment, to execute the scheme, Michel received Low’s money and contributed it both personally and through approximately 20 straw donors.

According to the superseding indictment, Low Taek Jho, 39, also known as Jho Low, and Prakazrel “Pras” Michel, 48, are alleged to have conspired with Elliott Broidy, Nickie Lum Davis, and others to engage in undisclosed lobbying campaigns at the direction of Low and the Vice Minister of Public Security for the People’s Republic of China, respectively, both to have the 1MDB embezzlement investigation and forfeiture proceedings involving Low and others dropped and to have a Chinese dissident sent back to China. Michel and Low are also charged with conspiring to commit money laundering related to the foreign influence campaigns. Michel is also charged with witness tampering and conspiracy to make false statements to banks.

If convicted, Low faces a maximum penalty of five to 10 years in prison, per count. If convicted, Michel faces a range of maximum penalties from five to 20 years in prison, per count. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Kevin O. Driscoll of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Special Agent in Charge Keith A. Bonanno of the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General Cyber Investigations Office; Assistant Director in Charge Kristi Koons Johnson of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office; and Assistant Director in Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. of the FBI’s New York Field Office made the announcement.

The Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General and the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office and International Corruption Squad in New York are investigating the case.

Principal Deputy Chief John D. Keller, Deputy Director of Election Crimes Sean F. Mulryne, and Trial Attorney Nicole R. Lockhart of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section are prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.13: 2021:

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‘ Report on MH17 Delayed By Pressure From Some Western Powers That Lead to Sanctions’

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – September 11 It seems that the international commission on the investigation into the crash of the Malaysian airliner crash in Ukraine less than two month ago intentionally drags out the investigation as a result of pressure from some Western powers, Alexander Lukashevich, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on Thursday Itar-Tass reported. 

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We point out that the process of the [report’s] publication and the process itself is delayed on purpose by the international commission,” Lukashevich said. “The presented report does not hold any convincing information on the circumstances of the airliner’s crash and the most important expertize was not conducted.”

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane (Flight MH17) crash was used for pushing through the sectoral sanctions against Russia, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich said on Thursday.

We very attentively follow the investigation of the tragic catastrophe of the Malaysian Boeing that not only claimed many lives, but also was used for purposeful exacerbating international tensions, increasing pressure on the state and pushing through the so-called sectoral sanctions against Russia,” he told a briefing.

We strongly urge all the sides to abstain from hasty and groundless public accusations that not only undermine the international relations foundations, but also are outrageous facts of interference in an independent investigation,” the official added.


#russia, #boeing-777, #malaysian, #mh17, #moscow, #russian, #sanctions

` Find Gareth Huntley Last Seen on May 27 on Tioman Island '

#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN – May 31 – Gareth Huntley, 34, was last seen on May 27 on Tioman Island, a popular Malaysian resort.

He was a volunteer at the Juara Turtle Sanctuary on the island and had gone to see a waterfall in the jungle, a trek that was expected to take only a couple of hours.

The volunteer’s friends raised the alarm when he failed to return, and blamed the local police for their lack of response.

So far search efforts have proved fruitless. Huntley’s family are on their way to Malaysia, and are calling on the authorities to do more to find him.

A Facebook page “Find Gareth Huntley” has also been started, warning people of fake fundraising accounts.

RT – Facebook

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#britain, #malaysian, #tioman-island

` Malaysian Rape Case Convictions Are Few As Those Guilty Escape Punishment by Marrying Their Victims '

#AceNewsServices – KOTA KINABALU – May 31 -The Sabah Women’s Action Resource Group (Sawo) is relieved and thankful that Riduan Masmud, the 40-year-old restaurant manager, who attempted to escape punishment under the law by marrying his child victim, has been convicted by the court.

President Winnie Yee, in a statement said the case has created widespread shock and outrage particularly among local and international groups and institutions, many of whom have expressed their concern for the well-being of the child and the many negative impacts of child marriage.

Riduan was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment and ordered given two lashes of the cane by Sessions Court Judge Ummu Kalthom Abudl Samad in February 2014.

Malaysia – Prosecutors had pursued rape charges against a 40-year-old Malaysian who allegedly had sex with a 13-year-old girl and then married her.

Restaurant manager Riduan Masmud was charged with committing statutory rape in a parked car in Borneo, but his lawyer said he has since married the girl.

Rights activists have long criticized Malaysian laws that allow very young Muslims to be wedded with the permission of Islamic courts.

Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail said that authorities remain firmly against statutory rape and were compiling a DNA report and other evidence in Riduan’s case.

Riduan is already married to another woman and reportedly has four children. Malaysian Muslim men can have up to four wives.

There’s been outrage in Sabah against a 40-year-old man, Riduan Masmud. who’s defended his marriage to a 13-year-old girl he’s been accused of raping as consensual.

The Sabah Law Association’s Mariati Robert had been holding a watching brief during the case and believes marriage should not let Riduan off the hook, especially if it happened after he allegedly raped her.

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#kuala-lumpur, #malaysia, #malaysian, #muslims

` Malaysian Police Arrest Thirteen People Including Father and Son Over Alleged Rape of Teenage Girls '

#AceWorldNews – KUALA LUMPUR – May 31 – Latest Update – Malaysian police have arrested at least 13 people, including a father and his two sons, over the alleged gang-rape of two teenage girls, an officer said on Friday.

The girls — aged 15 and 17 — were raped on May 20 for hours by a group of men in an abandoned hut in the northern state of Kelantan, Lai Yong Heng, the state’s director of crime investigation, said.

Police have arrested 13 men, aged from 15 to 38, and are looking for “a few more” in connection with the gang-rape, he added.

Lai dismissed early reports that almost 40 people took turns in the rape, saying the number was fewer.

“It’s definitely more than 10. We are still investigating,” he told AFP.

All those detained are from the same village, where the assault took place, and some are related, Lai said. Most of them were believed to have been on drugs, and the girls were lured to the hut.

Suri Kempe, an official with women’s rights group Sisters in Islam, said the frequent number of rape cases being reported was “extremely worrying”.

“Boys are being raised in a culture where being masculine means being aggressive, and that it’s perfectly acceptable to use violence to get what you want,” she said in a statement.

Almost 3,000 rape cases were reported in 2012 in the South-east Asian country of 28 million people, according to police statistics, with many of the victims aged 16 and below.

Ace Breaking News: 30/05/2014 – 17.34 GMT: http://wp.me/p165ui-5wr

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AFP – Dawn

Published in Dawn, May 31 2014


#kuala-lumpur, #malaysian

` Indonesia Tests Products of Cadbury to Check if they Comply to Islamic Standards '

#AceWorldNews INDONESIA (Jakarta) – May 30 – Indonesia is testing products made by British confectioner Cadbury to check they comply with Islamic standards, officials said on Friday.

The move follows a scandal in neighbouring Malaysia, after two chocolate varieties were found to be contaminated with pork DNA, Reuters said. “It is prudent to do a test on the other variants to see if they also have traces of the pig DNA,” said Roy Alexander Sparingga, head of Indonesia’s Food and Drug Monitoring Agency.

Some Muslim groups in Malaysia have called for a boycott on all products made by Cadbury over the ingredient banned under Islamic dietary laws.

(Asiaone) – Malaysian Islamic authorities tried to cool anger against Cadbury by saying it remained unclear if the contamination was the company’s fault. “People need to understand that we can’t immediately take action against Cadbury when there’s no solid evidence yet or if contamination occurred in the factory itself or if it was external factors,” said Othman Mustapha, the director general of Malaysia’s Department of Islamic Development, or JAKIM. “What’s happening to Cadbury now is akin to a person who’s remanded and placed in lockup. They have not been found guilty so this is just a suspension,” he added.

JAKIM, which is responsible for awarding halal certification in Malaysia, is conducting further tests on the suspect Cadbury products to confirm the initial findings by the health ministry.

Malaysia Authorities Dampen Concerns

Cadbury Malaysia said in a statement that it had withdrawn the two products as a precaution and that it had no reason to believe there was pork-related content in its other foods.

“We stand by our halal certification and we have the highest levels of product labelling standards,” it said.

Products in Muslim nations are regularly checked to ensure they are halal. Besides pork, items considered non-halal by Muslims include alcohol and the meat of animals and birds that have not been slaughtered according to Islamic rites.

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Reuters – Islamic Standards Officials – Asia One



#cadbury, #indonesia, #jakarta, #malaysia, #malaysian

` Nine Suspected Malaysian Militants were Detained for Allegedly Planning to Carry-Out Terrorist Acts ‘

#AceWorldNews – KUALA LUMPUR – April 28 – Nine suspected Malaysian militants were detained Monday for allegedly planning to carry out terrorist acts in the country and abroad, police said.

National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the nine, aged between 25 and 55, were arrested Monday in several locations near Kuala Lumpur and in northern Kedah state bordering Thailand.

Khalid said in a statement that the nine were believed to be involved “in a militant group responsible for planning terror acts in and outside the country” and that they have links with terrorist cells abroad.


#kedah, #kuala-lumpur, #malaysian, #thailand

` Malaysian Censorship Board Bans `Noah ‘ for Depicting a Prophet which is forbidden in Islamic Countries ‘

#AceWorldNews – MALAYA – April 05 – Malaysian authorities have banned the Hollywood movie “Noah,” slamming it for depicting a prophet, which is forbidden in Islamic countries.

“I can confirm that it has been banned by the board, the movie could cause quite a lot of anger and distress if it is shown in Malaysia,” said the Malaysian home ministry’s Film Censorship Board unit chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, according to The Malay Mail On-line. Muslims make up 60 percent of Malaysia’s population.

Numerous Muslim groups worldwide have already condemned the film, while Christian authorities also slammed the movie’s main protagonist Noah, played by Russell Crowe, saying that he was too unconventional. Noah is regarded as an important figure in both Christianity and Islam.


#christian, #christianity, #islam, #malaya, #malaysian, #muslim, #noah

MH370 ` ` Investigator’s trawling through Backgrounds of the Pilots, Crew and Staff adding some Countries Refused Information Request’s ‘

#AceWorldNews (Reuters) – Malaysian investigators are trawling through the backgrounds of the pilots, crew and ground staff who worked on a missing jet-liner for clues as to why someone on board flew it perhaps thousands of miles off course, the country’s police chief said.

Background checks of passengers on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 have drawn a blank, but not every country whose nationals were on board has responded to requests for information, police chief Khalid Abu Bakar told a news conference on Sunday.

Read More : http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/16/us-malaysiaairlines-flight-idUSBREA2701720140316


#malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370, #malaysian, #reuters

` Media: ` Malaysia’s missing ` Boeing ‘ passes repair over `Right Wing ‘ malfunction in 2012 ‘

#AceWorldNews says that missing airliner Boeing 777-200 of the Malaysian Airlines passed repair over right wing malfunction in 2012, aviation expert Bernard Chabbert said on French radio station Europe-1 on Saturday – Paris Tass.

“In 2012 an incident occurred with the airliner at China’s Shanghai airport,” the French expert said. He noted that then the airliner collided at the airfield with another aircraft belonging to the Chinese Southern Airlines.

“Large-scale repair was made on it, particularly some part of the right wing had to be replaced,” he added.
Meanwhile, Chabbert noted that this incident could not be directly linked with current incident.
“However, it is important to know about the service life of the airliner and this incident makes integral part of it,” he noted.

The plane disappeared from radars about two hours after the take-off from the Malaysian capital at 02:40 local time (18:40 GMT on Friday), when the plane was over the South China Sea some 120 nautical miles from the city of Kota Bharu.

Four French citizens were among passengers. French Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier notified the authorities in Vietnam and Malaysia that France was prepared to assist in the search for the missing airliner.

Specialists from the French Investigation and Analyses Bureau for Civil Aviation Security are prepared to come for help to local rescue service.


#chinese-southern-airlines, #europe, #french, #malaysian, #paris, #south-china-sea, #tass, #vietnam

Malaysia Airlines Disaster : ` At least two reported Malaysian jet passengers ‘safe at home’ following passports stolen ‘

#AceWorldNews says reports are coming in that that at least two passengers registered aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been found safe and sound in their home countries.
The Austrian and Italian citizens reportedly had their passports stolen earlier in Thailand.

An Austrian national thought to have been aboard the plane that disappeared off the coast of Vietnam early Saturday is alive and safe, an Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman revealed.

“Our embassy got the information that there was an Austrian on board. That was the passenger list from Malaysia Airlines.

Our system came back with a note that this is a stolen passport,” the spokesman said, as quoted by Reuters.

The man, who was found at home by police, had his passport stolen while travelling in Thailand in 2012.

However, this was not the end of the story. An Italian ‘ghost’ passenger was also discovered, according to the Foreign Ministry in Rome.


#austrian, #malaysia, #malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370, #malaysian, #reuters, #rome, #thailand

` Malaysia airlines flight carrying 239 people crashed into the sea – unconfirmed reports '

#AceWorldNews says that unconfirmed reports are coming in about a Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 carrying 239 people crashed into the sea, reports Vietnamese state media citing a Navy official.

The craft disappeared from radars early on Saturday morning over Vietnamese airspace.

Vietnamese state media said the plane came down close to Vietnam’s Tho Chu Island, however these reports have not yet been confirmed by Malaysia Airlines who still describe the flight as “missing”.

At a press conference in Beijing, representatives from Malaysia Airlines said no wreckage has yet been found and they have deployed boats and helicopters in the area to verify reports from the Vietnamese Navy.

Malaysia Airlines said flight MH370 lost touch with Subang Air Traffic Control around 02:40 local time Saturday morning

The aircraft left Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 00:41 and was expected to land in Beijing at 06:30 local time (22:30 GMT).

Despite local news reports, Vietnamese and Malaysian rescue crews have not located the plane’s signal, but Hanoi believes the craft disappeared in Vietnamese airspace.

Facebook Malaysian Airlines: MEDIA STATEMENT released at 7.24am/8 Mar 2014 MH370 Incident

Sepang, 8 March 2014: Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 has lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today (8 March 2014).

Flight MH370, operated on the B777-200 aircraft, departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am on 8 March 2014. MH370 was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am the same day. The flight was carrying a total number of 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members.

Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft.

The airline will provide regular updates on the situation. Meanwhile, the public may contact +603 7884 1234 for further info. https://www.facebook.com/my.malaysiaairlines/posts/514299315349933?cid=crisis_management_19726844&stream_ref=10

RT News


#kuala-lumpur, #malaysian, #rt-news, #vietnamese

` Malaysian couple are sentenced to `Hang ' for ` Murdering ' their ` Indonesian Maid ' by starving her to Death '

#AceWorldNews says that a Malaysian couple have been sentenced to hang for murdering their Indonesian maid by starving her to death, according to reports Friday that said she weighed just 26 kilos (57 pounds) when she died – AFP

In the latest case of abuse against the legion of Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia, the High Court ruled on Thursday that 26-year-old Isti Komariyah died of deliberate starvation in June 2011.

Judge Noor Azian Shaari said Fong Kong Meng, 58 and his wife Teoh Ching Yen, 56, consistently withheld food from the young woman during the three years she worked for them.

“She was 26 and weighed barely 26kg when she was taken to the University Malaya Medical Centre with bruises and scratch marks on her back, arms and forehead,” The Star newspaper reported.


#afp, #indonesian, #malaysian, #the-star-newspaper