U.S. authorities will this month return $200 million stolen from Malaysia’s state fund 1MDB, including money from a stake in a luxury New York hotel and from a Hollywood movie producer, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.
The U.S. Department of Justice, in the biggest ever case in its anti-kleptocracy program, is pursuing billions of dollars it says were misappropriated from 1MDB, a state fund founded by former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak.
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who defeated Najib in a shock election result last year, is working with at least six countries to recover about $4.5 billion the U.S. Department of Justice says was stolen from 1MDB.
“I think they know it is our money, so they will give back our money,” Mahathir told a news conference after confirming the $200 million figure.
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