Fugees rapper Pras He was convicted 10 times on Wednesday in connection with a multimillion-dollar “secret foreign influence campaign scheme” funded by a wealthy Malaysian financier to trade influence in the US. Associated press and other news sources.
The trial included testimonies from witnesses ranging from actor Leonardo DiCaprio to former US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The rapper, whose real name is Prakazrel Michel, has been accused of diverting money to Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign through bogus donors from Low Taek Jho, a now fugitive Malaysian financier, and then trying to foil a Justice Department investigation and influence an extradition. Litigation on behalf of China under the Trump administration.
Defense lawyers argued that Michel just wanted to make money and received bad legal advice in the unconventional world of politics.
Michel first met Low in 2006, when he was in celebrity circles at the time and helped finance films, including “Wolf of Wall Street” starring DiCaprio. DiCaprio said Low looked like a legitimate businessman and mentioned that he wanted to donate to Obama’s campaign.
Michel also testified in his own defense. He said Low wanted a photo with Obama in 2012 and was willing to pay millions of dollars to get it. Michel agreed to help and used some of the money he received to attend fundraisers for his friends – he claimed he was unaware that such activities were illegal.
Prosecutors stated that Michel donated the money on Low’s behalf and then tried to pressure the fake donors not to speak to investigators. They also said that after Donald Trump became president, Michel received millions again from Low to stop the investigation into his money laundering and bribery scheme, which received billions of dollars from a Malaysian state investment fund known as 1MDB. Prosecutors also said Michel was paid to persuade the United States to extradite a government critic suspected of committing crimes in China to China.
Maintaining his innocence, Low is now a fugitive.
as a member fuguesMichel was a multi-platinum superstar in the 1990s and had a worldwide solo hit in 1998 with the single and album “Ghetto Supastar”. However, it took seven years to release another album that met a less successful reception, and the Fugees have announced an international reunion tour in 2021 celebrating the 25th anniversary of their blockbuster album “The Score”. a pre-concertHE tour abruptly canceled in January 2022 for reasons the group has said due to the COVID pandemic but may have to do with Michel’s ongoing legal issues.