By now, most people who can either connect the dots or even discern light from dark can already tell you who is the Malaysian Official 1 named in the Department of Justice suit against the Wolf of Wall Street movie and its producers Red Granite Pictures.
Most, not all.
Because apparently Prime Minister Najib Razak – whom we and many others say is the Malaysian Official 1 – said in not so many words yesterday that it isn’t him.
“I want to say that what was done by the DOJ recently does not involve me, or the Malaysian government, or 1MDB directly,” Najib told Indonesian television station Metro TV. “The suit named five people.”
“The 1MDB issue is a business issue but it has been politicised by “certain enemies”, he added.
He is right, of course. Najib isn’t named in the suit at all but is described in at least 30 instances. Only someone illiterate in English would believe Najib that he isn’t the Malaysian Official 1.
And why isn’t he named in the lawsuit?
Intrepid little website Cilisos has the answer.
“Thank you for reaching out to us.
The law requires that we allege sufficiently detailed facts to establish a reasonable belief that we will prevail at trial. This means that we have to allege enough facts to show a reasonable belief that United States money laundering laws were violated and that the subject assets were involved in or traceable to these illegal transactions.
In addition, the complaint provides sufficient detail to specifically identify the property subject to forfeiture and to clarify the basis of the government’s case should anyone with a valid claim wish to challenge our case. Identifying persons and entities aids that function.
If an individual or entity does not fall within the parameters outlined above, then court rules require that we anonymize their identities.” – Peter Carr, Office of Public Affairs in the US Department of Justice, in email reply to CILISOS.
So now you know why Najib isn’t named and can go around saying it has nothing to do with him.
It is the same as saying that 1MDB’s tagline of Forging Partnerships, Advancing Growth cannot be read as Faking Deals, Stealing Money.
It might seem that way, to some, but it has to be clearly spelled out. And no one has, at least in official documents anywhere in the world.
So Najib Razak is Najib Razak is Prime Minister, but not Malaysian Official 1, in Malaysia. But the world knows him as … Malaysian Official 1in all but name.