Muhyiddin: Extradition of ex-Goldman Sachs banker to United States possibly on hold

PUTRAJAYA: The extradition of former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng (pic) to the United States may be postponed as he has to first face charges in Malaysia, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

"I have been advised by the Attorney General for Ng to face charges in Malaysian courts first. So perhaps the extradition will be done slightly later," said the Home Minsiter in response to queries on the matter on Tuesday (Feb 19).

Muhyiddin assured that the extradition will be carried out eventually but the priority is for cases involving Ng to be cleared first here.

Last week, Ng's lawyer Datuk Tan Hock Chuan told the court that his client had agreed to face criminal charges relating to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) in the United States.

Tan informed the court that Ng was willing to be extradited to the United States within 30 days and had asked for extradition proceedings to be waived.

On Dec 12 last year, the government filed an application to extradite Ng, 47, to the United States to face three criminal charges related to 1MDB.

The United States wanted Ng to be extradited to face the Federal Court in the eastern district of New York.

Ng claimed trial to four counts of abetting with Goldman Sachs over the sale of 1MDB bonds totalling US$6.5bil (RM26.4bil) by leaving out material facts and making false statements.