Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak asked the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed Zayed Al-Nahyan, to produce evidence to cover him up for the corruption scandal he is being tried for, according to audios published by the anti-corruption commission Malaysia.
The nine recordings were published while Najib appeared before the judge for one of the five causes related to the diversion of money from the fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) to his private accounts and that in total add up to 42 charges, the majority of money laundering and abuse of power.
In one of the audios Najib is heard making a “personal request” to the sheikh to make a loan from the United Arab Emirates to justify a departure diverted from the fund to the company of his stepson, the producer of the movie The Wolf of Wall Street .
In another, Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansur, also accused, appears screaming for her husband to use his position to resolve the situation.
In addition, in one of the telephone conversations collected by the Bernama agency, the former head of the anti-corruption commission, Dzulkifli Ahmad, who was then a member of the attorney general’s office, tells Najib about the status of the investigation against him and assuring that “no paints well”.
The talks took place between January 5 and July 29, 2016, months after the scandal broke out.
The anti-corruption chief, Latheefa Koya, validated the authenticity of the talks that, she said, reveal a series of alleged crimes including abuse of power, conspiracy, fabrication of evidence, obstruction of justice and jeopardizing national security.
“The content is scandalous, it is a cover-up and a subversion of justice,” Latheefa said in presenting the recordings to the press, according to the Bernama agency.
The 1MDB corruption plot came to light in 2015, when a journalistic investigation exposed the billionaire diversion from the state fund to the private accounts of Najib, founder of the fund and then Malaysian president.
The former leader, 66, justified the money to a donation from a Saudi prince, a version that was once accepted by 1MDB, the prosecutor and the Malaysian anti-corruption agency.
The scandal contributed to the defeat of Najib in the May 2018 elections, which led the new government to reopen the case and the series of charges against him.
According to the US prosecutor’s office, some 4.5 billion dollars were diverted from 1MDB, created in 2009 by Najib, of which one billion would have been laundered in the US with the purchase of real estate and luxury items.