Malaysia ex-PM: Abramoff was paid $1.2M

Mahathir says disgraced lobbyist got funding to arrange meeting with Bush


Updated: 9:42 a.m. ET Feb. 21, 2006

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said disgraced U.S. lobbyist Jack Abramoff was paid $1.2 million to organize a meeting between him and President Bush in 2002, but denied the money came from the Malaysian government.

Mahathir told reporters late Monday he was aware the payment was made to Abramoff, but he didn’t know who made it.

“I understood some people paid a sum of money to lobbyists in America but I do not know who these people were and it was not the Malaysian government,” Mahathir said.



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