Australian model Miranda Kerr should hand over millions of dollars in gifted jewels that were allegedly purchased using money stolen from a fund established by Malaysia’s prime minister, a Malaysian NGO has said.
US prosecutors say the jewellery — including a $3.8m (£3m) 8.88 carat diamond pendant from New York-based designer Lorraine Schwartz — was gifted to Kerr by Jho Low, a financier at the heart of the corruption scandal that has engulfed the Malaysian government.
SABM Australia, a nongovernmental organisation based in Melbourne that says it advocates for enhanced governance in Malaysia, said it was “not alleging any wrongdoing by Miranda Kerr” but called for her to “hand over all jewels gifted to her”.
The US justice department says more than $4.5bn has been stolen from the 1MDB fund and is seeking to seize assets including a Picasso painting given to actor Leonardo DiCaprio and the rights to two Hollywood films — The Wolf of Wall Street and Dumb and Dumber To.
The films were produced by Red Granite, which was founded by the Malaysian prime minister, Najib Razak’s, stepson, Riza Aziz. Continue reading