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was the senior executive identified in court papers as having met the man at the heart of the 1MDB scandal in 2009, the FT has been told. Goldman has always maintained that it was duped by some of its Asia-based bankers, two of whom are facing criminal charges. A large slice is for data centres — underpinning its growing range of online services, a key focus for the company as the smartphone market slows.