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In 1MDB Trial Jurors Ask For Chart of Bribes To Continue April 8 For 3d Full Day of Deliberations

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EDNY COURTHOUSE, April 7 – 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.

On April 3, just before closing arguments, Judge Brody kept out some of Roger Ng's wife's records: "ORDER as to Ng Chong Hwa. During trial on March 30, 2022, as part of its rebuttal case, the Government sought to admit into evidence reports and financial statements showing the income of defense witness Hwee Bin Lim's family business across several years beginning in 2016, arguing that these documents are relevant to whether the $35 million traceable from the 1MDB bond deals to Defendant were kickbacks from the alleged bribery scheme, or, as Defendant argues, the return on an investment made by Lim between 1996 and 1999 with funds from her family's business and investments, as well to whether Lim made false representations on bank account opening documents. Defendant objected to the admission of these documents, arguing that the money the business generated in 2016 and later is neither relevant to nor probative of the state of the business between 1996 and 1999. For the reasons discussed on the record, the Court denies the Government's application to admit the 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 reports and financial statements. As Ng argues, the probative value of the records is diminished by the almost "two decades" between the investment and the records. Ordered by Chief Judge Margo K. Brodie on 4/3/2022."

On April April 4 in the US closing, AUSA Alixandraclosing AUSA Alixandra Smith said that while NG "was making millions of dollars a year working for Goldman Sachs, he wanted glory to move up from being a managing director to a partner...  He wanted the money promised, which was $35 million. The defendant would have you believe that he’s up there by accident, the only one who didn’t know what was going on. But all the evidence makes it clear: Everything the defendant did was in line with what all the co-conspirators were doing.”   As noted, there were bribes paid officials in Malaysia and the UAE< not answer UAE, not answered on by the UAE Mission e the UNto the UN to get the 1MDB business for Goldman. Smith said, "The harm to the people of Malaysia is immeasurable." Tell it to the UN affiliateiates which won't return any of the money.

  On April 5 after a long jury instruction, the juror deliberated for just under two hours. They sent two notes, one that if no verdict on April 6 they'll knock off at 4 pm and more substantively asking for the testimony, direct and cross, of Roger Ng's wife.

On Apri On April 6, the jury stayed cloisered all day and will continue on April 7, , , until 4 p.m. if necessary.  There were several notes,, primarily scheduling-related.. . They said they ccan deliberate on Friday if necessary.  They also asked for extra copies of the jury instructions::: they only had one copy. (By contrast in SDNY Larry Ray, whose jury began deliberating at the same time, reached 15 guilty verdicts midday on April 6). 

On April 7On On April 7 another day without decision. The jurors asked for a chart of bribes, whose existence had been disputed at trial. They said they would resumed on April 8 at 9:30 am. .Watch this site.wifever

 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.