Malaysia’s ex-PM charged with corruption; gets bail

Jul 04, 2018, 7:40 AM EDT
(Source: World Economic Forum/flickr)
(Source: World Economic Forum/flickr)

Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak was charged with corruption-related offenses over his involvement in the misappropriation of the state development fund 1MDB, the biggest graft scandal in the country’s history.

Najib, who allegedly pocketed $700m (£517m) from the state fund set up by him, pleaded not guilty to one count of abuse of power and three counts of criminal breach of trust and was granted bail, notes the BBC.

The charges against Najib carry a prison term of up to 20 years, writes Reuters. A day prior to being charged, the tainted leader released a video on Twitter, saying that he has not been given the chance to defend himself and urging his supporters not to be swayed by the reports.