Ex-Astro CEO yet to return assets linked to 1MDB

MACC is still working on recovering assets and preparing an investigation paper on the matter

FORMER Astro Malaysia Bhd CEO Rohana Rozhan (picture) has yet to return assets worth US$10 million (RM44.5 million) linked to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

Utusan Malaysia reported that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was still working on recovering assets and preparing an investigation paper on the matter.

MACC chief Tan Sri Azam Baki said in March this year that it has taken steps to freeze about US$10 million worth of assets and cash following the testimony made by former Goldman Sachs Inc banker Tim Leissner.

Azam said the case is currently being investigated under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

Previously, Leissner testified that Rozana had blackmailed him into buying her a US$10 million home.

Asked by prosecutor Drew Rolle about his extramarital affairs, Leissner cited several, including one with Rohana, former CEO of Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd. The relationship lasted from 2003 to 2013, he told the jury.

Rolle asked Leissner whether he had ever given Rohana any money he received from his 1MDB work. Leissner said he had and that he bought her a US$10 million home in London in 2013 after she’d threatened to expose his involvement with 1MDB. — TMR / pic by Hussein Shaharuddin