The second trial of Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund was on Monday delayed by a week to allow his first trial to end.
Najib, who lost a general election last year, has been hit with 42 criminal charges of corruption and money laundering at the state fund. Najib, 65, denies wrongdoing and accuses the new government under Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of seeking political vengeance.
Chief prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram said the last witness in Najib’s first trial is midway through testifying and the case should end this week. The first trial began in April on seven charges of criminal breach of trust, corruption and money laundering related to 42 million ringgit (US$10.1 million) that allegedly went into Najib’s bank accounts from a former 1MDB subsidiary.
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