Wolf of Wall Street producer Riza Aziz queried by anti-graft officers


Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib Razak’s stepson, Riza Aziz, has been summoned by Malaysia’s Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to give a statement in connection with the probe, media reports said.

A MACC source confirmed the reports, saying that Riza was expected to come to the commission’s headquarters on Tuesday afternoon.

“Yes, he has been called in to attend at 2 pm” said the source, who declined to be identified as they were not authorised to discuss the matter.

Mr Riza is the co-founder of Red Granite Pictures, a company that US prosecutors say financed three Hollywood films, including the 2013 Martin Scorsese movie “The Wolf of Wall Street”, with funds misappropriated by 1MDB.

Both Mr Najib and Mr Riza have consistently denied wrongdoing. Red Granite paid the US government US$60 million as part of a settlement of a civil lawsuit in March.

Malaysia has frozen more than 400 bank accounts as part of the probe into the multi-billion-dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who ousted Mr Najib in a shock election upset in May, has reopened investigations into 1MDB.

A task force looking into 1MDB said in a statement 408 bank accounts involving funds of about 1.1 billion ringgit (S$372.3 million) had been frozen.