United States: Former Republican party official charged in 1MDB case

Elliott Broidy, a former deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, has been charged by federal prosecutors in connection with his lobbying efforts in the 1MDB corruption scandal.

Mr Broidy was charged with failing to register as a foreign agent for Jho Low, the Malaysian financier accused of looting billions from 1MDB, a sovereign wealth fund based in Kuala Lumpur.

The Republican donor had lobbied the Trump administration in 2017 and 2018 to drop its case against Mr Low, who was ultimately indicted in November 2018. Mr Low has denied any wrongdoing and is believed to be in China.

Mr Broidy was also charged with failing to disclose lobbying activities related to an effort to remove Guo Wengui — a high-profile critic of the Chinese Community party wanted by Beijing — from the US.

The original full article can be found at ft.com

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