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WorldMalaysia ex-PM Najib's 1MDB graft trial resumes

08:55  15 april  2019
08:55  15 april  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Najib was barred from leaving Malaysia and arrested within two months after the election. He faces a total of 42 criminal charges, most linked to 1 MDB and The trial had been delayed from February after appeals by Najib ’ s lawyers, who asked the highest court on Monday to review its decision to lift a stay.

Najib was barred from leaving Malaysia and arrested within two months after the election. He faces a total of 42 criminal charges, most linked to 1 MDB and The trial had been delayed from February after appeals by Najib ' s lawyers, who asked the highest court on Monday to review its decision to lift a stay.

Malaysia ex-PM Najib's 1MDB graft trial resumes© Mohd RASFAN Former prime minister Najib Razak (shown at the start of his trial on April 3) and his cronies are accused of stealing billions of dollars from 1MDB and spending it on everything from high-end real estate to artworks and a luxury yacht

Toppled Malaysian leader Najib Razak returned to court for the second day of his high-profile corruption trial Monday, with the former premier accused of plundering large sums from a unit of sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.

The 65-year-old finally went on trial this month over his alleged role in looting the investment vehicle, the first of several court cases he is expected to face over the controversy.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is hardly lying low ahead of his corruption trial on charges related to the. The trial set to begin Tuesday comes nine months after Najib ’ s spectacular election defeat, which was spurred by voters’ furor over the 1 MDB

Najib faces seven charges in the first of several criminal proceedings he is due to face over suspected money laundering of .5 billion from state fund 1 Malaysia Development Berhad ( 1 MDB ). The trial relates to suspected transfers totalling 42 million ringgit (.3 million) into Najib ’ s bank account from

The ex-prime minister and his cronies are accused of stealing billions of dollars from 1MDB and spending it on everything from high-end real estate to artworks and a luxury yacht.

The allegations played a large part in prompting voters to oust his corruption-plagued coalition, which had been in power for six decades, at historic elections last year. Since then, Najib has been arrested and hit with dozens of charges over the scandal.

Malaysia ex-PM Najib's 1MDB graft trial resumes© Laurence CHU, John SAEKI Factfile on the Malaysian 1MDB corruption allegations and charges faced by Malaysia's former leader Najib Razak

The ex-leader's highly-anticipated trial began on April 3, with Najib denying seven charges related to the theft of 42 million ringgit ($10.3 million) from SRC International, a former 1MDB unit.

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One of Najib ' s lawyers, Harvinderjit Singh, declined to comment. The trial begins nearly a year after Malaysians voted Najib out of office in a general At least six countries, including the United States, Switzerland and Singapore, have launched money laundering and graft probes into 1 MDB , set up by

Najib faces seven charges in the first of several criminal proceedings he is due to face over suspected money laundering of .5 billion from state fund 1 Malaysia Development Berhad ( 1 MDB ). The trial relates to suspected transfers totalling 42 million ringgit (.3 million) into Najib ' s bank account from

It is just a fraction of the money Najib is alleged to have stolen.

He arrived at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur Monday for the second day of proceedings, wearing a dark suit and tie, and passed through a scrum of journalists before entering the courtroom and taking his seat in the dock.

Proceedings began with the defence team cross-examining Companies Commission of Malaysia official Muhamad Akmaluddin Abdullah, who had testified when the trial opened, on technical matters related to corporate records.

Opening the prosecution's case earlier this month, Attorney-General Tommy Thomas told the court that Najib was "not above the law" despite having been premier for almost a decade.

Najib has consistently denied any wrongdoing over the looting of 1MDB.

The US Department of Justice, which is investigating the 1MDB controversy as money was allegedly laundered through the American financial system, believes $4.5 billion in total was looted from the fund.

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