Ex-Malaysia Prime Minister Arrested For $628 Million Corruption Charge

Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak arrested over alleged abuse of power

The former premier, which was previously charged under Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, was expected to arrive at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court at 3pm tomorrow to face fresh charge.

Over 30 supporters of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak gathered outside the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) headquarters here since 8pm as a show of solidarity and protest against his detention. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!

The MACC said that it will work together with the Royal Malaysia Police to record Najib's statement before he is taken to court on Thursday.

Najib has faced intense scrutiny since unexpectedly losing a general election in May to Mahathir Mohamad, who reopened investigations into allegations that billions of dollars were stolen from 1MDB.

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Najib has pleaded not guilty to all charges and has consistently denied wrongdoing.

Those charges involve the transfer of 42 million ringgit ($10.3 million) into his bank accounts from SRC International, a former unit of the 1MDB fund that international investigators say was looted of billions by Najib's associates.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission said in a statement that it had detained Najib as part of its investigations into the fund and "the entry of 2.6 billion ringgit ($628 million) into his personal account".

Najib has maintained his innocence and said his trial in February 2019 was the "best chance" for him to clear his name.

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