Najib Razak's multi-million dollar corruption charges revealed

Najib's Son to be Called in for Questioning at MACC Tomorrow Regarding 1MDB Scandal- WORLD OF BUZZ

The charge, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to five times the value of amount received, is one of three charges laid in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. "I expected questions from the press", he said.

Malaysia's former central bank head on Tuesday denied she was aware of a large sum deposited in ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak's account in 2013, adding that he later asked her to issue a statement saying "he had done nothing wrong".

Allegations of massive corruption were a major factor behind the electoral natural disaster in May that toppled Najib's long-ruling coalition and ushered in a reformist alliance headed by his 92-year-old former mentor Mahathir Mohamad.

Mr Najib has always been accused of pocketing $700m (£517m) from the state development fund 1MDB, which he set up.

The arrangement was made after Shafee told the court that Najib's family would not have access to further funds as their bank accounts were frozen by the 1MDB Task Force.

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"As a public official, which is prime minister and minister of finance, used your position for self gratification (for a) total of 42 million ringgit", Attorney General Tommy Thomas said referring to the abuse of power charge.

Najib came to power in 2009 and soon after founded 1MDB which is being investigated in at least six countries for alleged money laundering.

In addition, the court granted an interim gag order until Aug 8 when the case will be mentioned and an application for a full gag order will be heard.

Mr Najib has not been allowed to leave the country since he lost an election last May due to the investigation into the fund.

Since his loss at the polls, Najib has been barred from leaving the country and had millions of dollars of items seized from properties linked to his family.

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Earlier, state news agency Bernama broadcast the movement of Najib's convoy live as it moved through rush-hour traffic during the drive from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's offices in the administrative capital, Putrajaya, to the court in Kuala Lumpur.

"It shows the resolve of the new government to address previous abuses of power".

Najib's wife, Rosmah, and his stepson, Riza Aziz, have also been quizzed by anti-graft investigators in relation to 1MDB.

Malaysian police say they have seized almost $275 million worth of jewellery, handbags, watches and cash from premises linked to Najib, while authorities have frozen more than 400 bank accounts as part of the 1MDB probe.

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