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Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak held in graft probe

AFP
Published Jul 4, 2018, 5:14 am IST
Updated Jul 4, 2018, 5:14 am IST
Expected to face over 10 counts of criminal breach of trust.
Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak
 Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak

Kuala Lumpur: Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was arrested by anti-corruption investigators on Tuesday, officials said, the latest dramatic development in a widening graft probe that has engulfed the ex-leader.

Najib, 64, will be charged on Wednesday, a taskforce set up to probe wrongdoing at state fund 1MDB said in a statement, adding he was apprehended “at his home”.

 

The arrest is the latest in a series of stunning moves by investigators that suggest the legal noose is tightening around Najib, his family and many of his close political and business allies.

Malaysia’s official news agency Bernama said the former premier is expected to face more than 10 counts of committing criminal breach of trust linked to SRC International Sdn Bhd, an energy company that was originally a subsidiary of 1MDB.

According to an investigation by the Wall Street Journal, $10.6 million originating from SRC was transferred to Naj-ib’s personal bank accounts, just one small part of hundreds of millions of dollars from 1MDB that allegedly ended up in his accounts.

 

Najib was summoned twice by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission over its investigation into a case related to SRC.

The newly appointed attorney general Tommy Thomas would lead the prosecution team, according to Bernama.

Allegations of massive corruption were a major factor behind the shock election loss in May of Najib’s long-ruling coalition to a reformist alliance headed by his former mentor Mahathir Mohamad.

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