22 June 2017 PETALING JAYA: A Melbourne-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) has called for Australian model Miranda Kerr to return jewellery worth millions which the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) claims was purchased with funds allegedly siphoned from 1MDB, The Guardian reported.
The NGO, Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia in Australia (SABM), said their message to Kerr did not imply any allegation of wrongdoing on her part, but just that she needed to 「hand over all jewellery gifted to her」.
On June 15, in court filings in California, the DoJ sought to seize US$540 million (RM2.3 billion) in assets including art works, jewellery, a yacht worth worth US$165 million, and film rights purchased with funds allegedly embezzled from 1MDB.
The assets named in the applications included the film rights to two comedies, 「Dumb and Dumber To」 starring Jim Carrey and 「Daddy’s Home」 with Will Ferrell.
The DoJ suit also said Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho (Jho Low) had purchased a 22-carat pink diamond necklace worth US$27.3 million for the 「wife of Malaysian Official No. 1」 (MO1), as well as jewellery worth US$10 million for Kerr, using the same source of funds.
The DoJ charged that from 2009 through 2015, more than US$4.5 billion (RM19 billion) belonging to 1MDB had been diverted by high-level officials of the fund and their associates.
According to US prosecutors, Jho Low had presented the jewellery to Kerr, whom he is said to have dated in 2014.