Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday (May 18) distanced himself from the growing storm over a decision to drop criminal charges against Mr Riza Aziz, stepson to former premier Najib Razak, who was accused of laundering US$248 million (S$354 million) in the 1MDB scandal.
“The Prime Minister wishes to stress that he was not involved in the agreement to the discharge not amounting to acquittal… reached by the prosecution and accused,” Tan Sri Muhyiddin’s office said in a statement.
The discharge, granted on Thursday, has sparked concerns that similar deals could be offered to political figures connected to the new Perikatan Nasional government, namely leaders from former ruling party Umno who are currently facing corruption charges.
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