A Malaysian court charged a cabinet minister’s husband with corruption on Monday, a day after the minister announced plans to resign in a scandal that has embarrassed the government. Women’s affairs minister Shahrizat Jalil announced Sunday that she would step down on April 8 following months of pressure over allegations her family used government funds for a cattle-rearing project to buy luxury apartments. The so-called “Cowgate” scandal has become a political headache for Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has pledged to stamp out persistent corruption and frequent financial scandals and is due to call elections by April 2013. Mohamad Salleh Ismail, chairman of the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC), pleaded not guilty in a district court in the capital Kuala Lumpur to four charges including criminal breach of trust, a court official told AFP.
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