Malaysia anti-graft agency arrests former leader Najib Razak

19 Septembre, 2018, 21:52 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Najib is expected to be charged tomorrow over a questionable RM2.6 billion donation he received while in office

Najib Razak has been summoned to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), ahead of dozens of charges he is likely to face, adding to the existing seven charges linked to his role in the 1MDB saga.

According to Free Malaysia Today, a spokesperson from MACC revealed that Najib will reportedly be brought to the Bukit Aman police headquarters where he will be jointly questioned by the police and MACC.

Malaysia's anti-graft agency said Najib was detained at its office on Wednesday and will be taken to court on Thursday to face charges. "Najib will be taken to the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on Sept 20 at 3pm for his charge to be read in court".

SRC had been the initial focus of Malaysian investigators as all the suspicious transactions involving it went through Malaysian entities.

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However his arrest Wednesday related directly to one of the most damaging allegations in the long-running scandal - that huge sums from the fund flowed into his bank accounts ahead of a hotly contested election in 2013. "I am of of the view that Najib's arrest was made after the former prime minister provided proofs that the fund came from the Saudi Arabia government and King Abdullah (Abdulaziz's) son (Prince Abdulaziz Al-Saud)", he said.

"This is to help their investigations under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001", it said.

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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