DoJ says its court filings based on reasonable facts

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) said whatever information it has released regarding its 1Malaysia Development Bhd civil lawsuits are based on details that it believes can be upheld in court. However, it also cautioned that one should not draw any conclusions about the guilt or innocence of anyone simply because they had been named in the documents. The DoJ told Malaysiakini via email: “The law requires we allege sufficiently detailed facts to establish a reasonable belief that we will prevail at trial. “This means we have to allege…

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Breaking Down Democracy: Goals, Methods, and Strategies of Modern Authoritarians [Report]

Key Findings Modern authoritarianism has succeeded, where previous totalitarian systems failed, due to new strategies of repression, the exploitation of open societies, and the spread of illiberal policies in democratic countries themselves. Russia, under President Putin, has played an outsized role in the development of modern authoritarian systems, especially in media control, propaganda, the smothering of civil society, and the weakening of political pluralism. The toxic combination of unfair elections and “majoritarianism” is spreading to illiberal leaders in what are still partly democratic countries. Increasingly, populist politicians—once in office—claim the…

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Nice Money For Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC)

20th June The Treasurer General of the Malaysian Indian Congress has been amongst the most vocal defenders of the Prime Minister with respect to the devastating new findings of the DOJ. Yesterday S Vell Paari came out supporting a list of all the top comical excuses drummed up over 1MDB: Malaysia had not been consulted, he lied; Malaysia is still investigating 1MDB, he again lied; the new case holds nothing new, he yet again lied; this was all a plot by unnamed Malaysian ‘opposition figures’, he then claimed and to…

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