PUTRAJAYA (Feb 19): The extradition of former Goldman Sachs managing director Roger Ng to the United States (US) will only be carried out after his cases in Malaysian courts are completed, said Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Muhyiddin said this was the advice of Attorney-General Tommy Thomas to him via an official letter a few days ago informing that Ng has to face charges in Malaysia next month.
"So it is likely that Ng's extradition will have to be postponed because priority is on his cases in Malaysia. That was the advice of the Attorney-General," he said when asked to comment on Ng's extradition after the 47th anniversary celebration of the Malaysian Volunteer Corps Department at his Ministry here today.
On Feb 15, Ng, whose full name is Ng Chong Hwa, 47, reportedly agreed to be extradited to the US to face three criminal charges related to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
Judge M M Edwin Paramjothy allowed the application by Ng as the respondent when the case was mentioned at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court.
Ng, who is currently on remand under the Extradition Act 1992 (Act 476), is seeking to be exempted from facing the extradition proceedings filed by the Malaysian Government against him.
During the proceedings, Ng’s counsel Datuk Tan Hock Chuan informed that his client had agreed to be extradited to the US within 30 days as he was ready to face the charges which would be heard in a court in New York.
Ng was detained on Nov 1 last year based on a warrant of arrest applied by the US Government and was ordered to undergo a 60-day remand for the extradition proceedings after three charges against him were filed in a court in New York.
In November last year, he was charged in absentia in a court in the US together with former Goldman Sachs banker, Tim Leissner and fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low.
According to the charges, Jho Low and and Ng had conspired to launder billions of dollars embezzled from 1MDB and conspired to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by paying bribes to Malaysian and Abu Dhabi authorities.