Malaysian anti-corruption agents arrested former PM Najib over corruption charges

Malaysian anti-corruption agents arrested former Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday following a probe into how the money went missing from a state fund he founded almost a decade ago and authorities said he would be charged in court on Wednesday.

Since his shock election loss to 92-year-old Mahathir Mohamad in May, Najib has been barred from leaving the country and had his houses searched as part of the probe into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

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Mahathir said in an interview with Reuters last month that embezzlement and bribery with government money were among the charges that Malaysia was looking to bring against 64-year-old Najib, adding they had “an almost perfect case” against him.

Najib’s arrest was in relation to a probe into SRC International, a former 1MDB unit, a task force investigating the fund said on Tuesday. One source close to Najib’s family said he was expected to be charged with abuse of power at SRC.

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