Malaysia’s 1MDB makes payment to Abu Dhabi after delay
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Malaysia’s crisis-hit state investment fund 1MDB said it has paid Abu Dhabi the equivalent of US$350mn, the first installment under a deal to settle its debts after it missed previous deadlines.
1MDB and its founder Prime Minister Najib Razak are battling allegations that billions were looted from the fund in complex overseas deals that are being investigated by authorities in several countries.
Both the fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad, and Najib have vehemently denied wrongdoing.
1MDB agreed in April to pay Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund, International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC), about US$1.2bn to settle debts, with half due at the end of July and the rest by the end of the year.
But it missed the first deadline and then a second five days later.
It was granted an extension to pay the sum of about US$600mn by the end August, on the condition that approximately half that amount was remitted by August 12.
The Malaysian fund said in a statement that it ‘has now remitted, to date, the equivalent of US$350mn to IPIC’. The money was paid from 1MDB’s rationalisation fund, it added.