Malaysia’s former PM Najib arrested in graft probe

Jul 03, 2018, 6:46 AM EDT
Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was cleared of wrongdoings while in power.
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Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, dogged by allegations of misappropriating state funds, has been arrested by the anti-corruption officials and is due to be charged in court on Wednesday.

Najib, who suffered a shock election loss in May, is accused of pocketing $700m from state development fund 1MDB, he founded in 2009, notes the BBC.

Najib was cleared of all wrongdoing while in power but the 92-year-old Mahathir Mohamad reopened the probe into the country’s biggest corruption scandal immediately after assuming power in May, writes The Guardian.