Malaysia has dropped criminal charges against
The U.S. bank was discharged amounting to acquittal, according to court proceedings in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.
Malaysia’s prosecutors will also cease pursuing its case against Goldman Sachs’s
The moves mark progress in Goldman Sachs’s efforts to resolve its worst scandal since the financial crisis as it grapples with separate discussions with the U.S. Department of Justice for a settlement over 1MDB.
As part of the deal with Malaysia, the bank had paid $2.5 billion in cash to Malaysia last week and pledged to guarantee the return of $1.4 billion from 1MDB assets seized around the world over the coming years. In exchange, Malaysia would drop criminal charges against the bank’s units over accusations that they misled investors in raising billions of dollars for 1MDB while allegedly knowing the funds would be misappropriated.
Goldman Sachs had to boost its legal reserves by $2.01 billion to account for the Malaysia settlement, shaving its second-quarter net income by 85% and wiping out what had been a surprise jump in profit due to trading gains.
The bank’s settlement doesn’t affect Malaysia’s claims against other people including Low Taek Jho, the scandal’s alleged mastermind known as Jho Low, and other parties. Prosecutors seek to bring former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng, who’s in the U.S. to face 1MDB-related charges, back to Malaysia in November to face similar accusations. Ng’s next case mention date is set for Sept. 10.
The scandal surrounding 1MDB had led to the ouster of Malaysia’s former premier
(Updates with case on Goldman directors in third paragraph.)
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