1MDB civil suits frozen to prevent destruction of evidence, flight, says FBI

'Wolf of Wall Street' star Leonardo DiCaprio is among those touched by the far-reaching taint of the 1MDB scandal. He recently turned over to US prosecutors rare artwork, including a Picasso and a Basquiat, as well as an Oscar statue that once belonged Marlon Brando, that was allegedly bought with money stolen from the Malaysian sovereign investment fund. – EPA pic, August 11, 2017.

THE US Department of Justice yesterday filed to suspend its civil forfeiture suits to seize billions of dollars worth of assets linked to kleptocracy in Malaysia because the discovery process could jeopardise the criminal investigation it was initiating.

“Such disclosures could result in the destruction of evidence, flight of potential subjects and targets, or the identification and intimidation of potential witnesses,” Special Agent Jill Enyart wrote in a declaration reported in Variety.

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