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In 1MDB Trial Roger Ng Wife Says Why Keep Records of China Investment If Can't Enforce Amid Jho Low Injunction

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon EDNY Vlog
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EDNY COURTHOUSE, March 30 – 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 VenetianKirk Godby, a marketing executive at the Las Vegas VenetianKirk 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-parte" application 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.

 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 al-Qubaisi 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.

Late on February 27, from the US, this: "Dear Chief Judge Brodie:  The government respectfully submits this letter in response to the defendant’s  attempt to (1) obtain certain documents that the prosecution team has never possessed or  reviewed and which were designated by an independent privilege review team as attorney-client  privileged material on the privilege log provided to the defense on February 25, 2022 (the  “Challenged Documents”)  and (2) use at trial the content of marital communications between  Tim Leissner and Kimora Lee Simmons Leissner." Full letter on Patreon here.

From Feb 24: Cooperator Leissner STILL on direct and there'll be a break before cross.

Leissner said from his ill-gotten gains he bought a $50 million yacht, and passed on to Ng, in total, $35 million. So why does Leissner have the cooperation deal? Leissner says he has an investment vehicle with Russell Simmons, called New Horizons. Also used dirty money to invest in Inter Milan soccer team and Celcius Holdings energy drink company.

Leissner says after Jho Low kept getting denied by banks on KYC, Jho wanted to start his own bank and Leissner was willing to help. Jho was concerned that "the Federal Reserve Bank" was looking into him, Leissner testifies.

 Leissner describes moving $80 million - in Euros - to Bahamas then into a US shell company named "Key Way Pride" (?)