PUTRAJAYA: The extradition of former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng to the United States will happen after his case in the Malaysian court has been cleared, said Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Responding to the latest development, Muhyiddin said the Attorney General was of the opinion that cases involving Ng here should be heard first.
“Action has already been taken against him and it has already been taken to court. Since Ng also have cases in Malaysia, the Attorney General’s advice is for him to be tried here first, possibly in March.
“That is the advice of the Attorney General and we will take heed of this,” he told reporters after attending the People’s Volunteer Corps’s (Rela) 47th anniversary yesterday.
Muhyiddin reiterated that Ng’s extradition to the United States would take place but it might be slightly delayed.
“It will be carried out but we want to give priority to the case here. We want this to be settled first before he is extradited,” he added.
Last week, Ng’s lawyer Datuk Tan Hock Chuan told the court that his client has agreed to face criminal charges relating to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) in the United States and had asked for the extradition proceedings to be waived.
Ng claimed trial to abetting Goldman Sachs over the sale of 1MDB bonds totalling US$6.5bil (RM26.4bil) by leaving out material facts and making false statements.