(July 31): A former top executive with the Malaysian investment fund 1MDB and a senior lawyer at the fund who worked with Goldman Sachs Group are among six people targeted in a Swiss criminal probe into the multibillion-dollar scandal, according to people familiar with the matter.

The executive is suspected of authorising an illicit US$700 million ($953.1 million) transfer, according to the people, who declined to be identified because the investigation is confidential. The pair is being investigated for bribery, misconduct in public office, money laundering and criminal mismanagement.

T and L, as they can only be identified under Swiss law, were referred to as “two former officials at 1MDB” in a July 10 press release issued following Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber’s visit with his Malaysian counterpart in Putrajaya. Swiss prosecutors don’t typically name any suspects unless they’ve been formally indicted ahead of a trial.

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