US prosecutors handed over the first one million proofs to lawyers Roger Ng, former banker Goldman Sachs, on Thursday, facing charges of a multimillion-dollar crime in the Malaysian 1MDB state investment fund.
The US Department of Justice passed Ng lawyers a "small subset" of more than one million documents the government relies on to prosecute the case, United States lawyer assistant Drew Rolle said during a hearing at the Brooklyn Federal Court.
The United States accused last year of 46-year-old Ng of conspiring to wash money and bribe government officials in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi through a bond offer that Goldman Sachs Group Inc has handled. He was released on May 3 to New York from Kuala Lumpur, where he was imprisoned since November.
Ng pleaded not guilty to charges May 6 and was released in exchange for US $ 20 million (RM84 million) bond.
Prosecutors are working on how to best format and organize the remaining documents they will likely send to Ng lawyers, Rolle said.
Ng's prosecutors and lawyer in the May 6 court case filed a request for a delay in the Ng court because they believed that the hearing of the actions "would probably lead to the case being settled without trial".
Government lawyers said they were hoping to avoid a lawsuit by turning to Ng lawyer.
"I will do nothing," said Ng, Agnifilo, attorney-at-law, after a hearing on a possible dispute resolution. "There are a number of options for the accused, and there are still opportunities."
Ng, who left Goldman Sachs in 2014, faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of three allegations of alleged violation of the US Corruption Law.
Malaysia Minister wished Ng to face a criminal charge first, but agreed to temporarily extradite him to the United States for 10 months, said Attorney General Tommy Thomas in his statement.
Thomas may extend this period.
But this question is for the US and Malaysia governments to discuss, Agnifilo told reporters.
"Given the complexity of the case, this will require us to do a lot of work ahead and as soon as possible," Agnifilo told journalists about a ten-month period.
Malaysia said it was trying to raise up to $ 7.5 billion ($ 31.4 billion) in Goldman's reparations for its dealings with 1MDB, founded in 2009 by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
Najib, who lost his general election last year, faces 42 loss-related crimes in 1MDB and other state entities. He said he was not guilty.