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Former Bank Negara governor’s husband denies receiving bribes

THE STRAITS TIMES – The husband of Malaysia’s former Bank Negara governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz has denied he received any bribes as alleged by a star witness in a case linked to state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

Dismissing the testimony of former Goldman Sachs banker Tim Leissner as totally untrue, Tawfiq Ayman said he neither knew nor communicated with Leissner or Roger Ng, the former Goldman investment banker who has been charged in the New York District Court with conspiring to launder funds.

“I wish to categorically state that throughout my life, I have never received any bribes from anyone,” online portal Malaysiakini quoted Tawfiq as saying.

Tawfiq said in view of the ongoing proceedings in New York, he has been advised not comment further and will be seeking legal advice on the next course of action.

Ng, 49, Goldman’s former head of investment banking in Malaysia, is charged with conspiring to launder money and violate an anti-bribery law, while Leissner is the star witness in the ongoing case.