Na­jib in the crosshairs

Southeast Asia Globe - - Panorama -

Crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings could be forth­com­ing against ousted Prime Min­is­ter Na­jib Razak, who was routed by Ma­hathir Mo­hamad, 92, in a sur­prise elec­tion up­set. Malaysian po­lice raided five prop­er­ties through­out the night as­so­ci­ated with Na­jib. At the heart of the cor­rup­tion ac­cu­sa­tions against him is the Malaysian govern­ment’s 1Malaysia De­vel­op­ment Ber­had (1MDB), a sov­er­eign wealth fund from which he is ac­cused of em­bez­zling more than $1bn by the US Jus­tice De­part­ment and other agen­cies around the globe. Na­jib has de­nied the al­le­ga­tions. Ma­hathir said crim­i­nal charges could be im­mi­nent: “We are slowly get­ting to the bot­tom of things and many of our se­nior of­fi­cers are vol­un­teer­ing in­for­ma­tion ac­com­pa­nied, of course, by doc­u­ments... We think that within a short while, we will have a case against him, we will be able to charge him.”

Ousted leader Na­jib Razak may face crim­i­nal charges in cor­rup­tion


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