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Malaysia's ex-PM Najib starts appeal against 1MDB-linked conviction

  • Najib, who was voted out in a historic 2018 election, faces several trials over allegations that $4.5 billion was stolen from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a state fund he co-founded in 2009. He has plead not guilty to all charges.
Najib Razak, Malaysia's former prime minister, center, arrives at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.(Bloomberg/ File photo)
Najib Razak, Malaysia's former prime minister, center, arrives at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.(Bloomberg/ File photo)
Published on Apr 05, 2021 08:11 AM IST
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Malaysian ex-PM Najib Razak convicted of 7 graft charges over 1MDB investment fund

The ruling came five months after a new government took power with Najib’s Malay party the biggest bloc in the alliance. His party’s shocking election ouster in 2018 was driven by public anger over the 1MDB scandal.
The judge said Najib failed to raise reasonable doubt and that prosecutors had established beyond reasonable doubt that Najib misappropriated money for his own use.(AP file photo)
The judge said Najib failed to raise reasonable doubt and that prosecutors had established beyond reasonable doubt that Najib misappropriated money for his own use.(AP file photo)
Published on Jul 28, 2020 11:46 AM IST
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Kuala Lumpur | By Associated Press

Malaysia looking for more evidence to act on Zakir Naik’s extradition, says Anwar Ibrahim

Kuala Lumpur is looking for more evidence from New Delhi before it can act on any request for the extradition of Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, Malaysia’s prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim said.
Islamic preacher Zakir Naik(HT photo)
Islamic preacher Zakir Naik(HT photo)
Published on Jan 10, 2019 10:36 PM IST
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Former Malaysia PM Najib Razak arrested over $628 mn linked to 1MDB

Since losing power, former PM Najib Razak has already been arrested and hit with seven charges related to claims he pocketed some $10 million from a former unit of 1MDB.
Malaysia’s toppled leader Najib Razak was arrested Wednesday and will be charged over allegations that $628 million linked to state investment fund 1MDB ended up in his personal bank accounts, officials said.(AFP File Photo)
Malaysia’s toppled leader Najib Razak was arrested Wednesday and will be charged over allegations that $628 million linked to state investment fund 1MDB ended up in his personal bank accounts, officials said.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Sep 19, 2018 04:44 PM IST
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Kuala Lumpur | By Reuters

Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak arrested over huge graft probe

Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak will be charged, a taskforce set up to probe wrongdoing at state fund 1MDB said in a statement, adding he was apprehended “at his home”.
In this photo taken Thursday, May 24, 2018, former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, center, speaks to media as he leaves the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Office in Putrajaya in Kuala Lumpur.(AP)
In this photo taken Thursday, May 24, 2018, former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, center, speaks to media as he leaves the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Office in Putrajaya in Kuala Lumpur.(AP)
Updated on Jul 03, 2018 11:02 PM IST
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Kuala Lumpur | By Agence France-Presse

Treasure trove seized from ex-Malaysia PM worth up to $273 million

Allegations of massive corruption were a major factor behind last month’s shocking election loss of Razak’s long-ruling coalition to a reformist alliance headed by Mahathir Mohamad
Malaysia's commercial crime investigations chief Amar Singh shows a picture of jewellry seized from properties linked to former prime minister Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.(Vincent Thian/AP)
Malaysia's commercial crime investigations chief Amar Singh shows a picture of jewellry seized from properties linked to former prime minister Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.(Vincent Thian/AP)
Updated on Jun 27, 2018 06:29 PM IST
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Agence France-Presse, Kuala Lumpur | By HT Correspondent

$28.6 million, 400 handbags seized in raids on Malaysia ex-PM Najib

Najib’s home, and the apartments of a son and a daughter were among a dozen properties searched since May 18. Experts are being brought in to value the jewellry, watches and other luxury items seized during the raid.
Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak speaks to the media after being questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office in Putrajaya on May 24, 2018.(AFP photo)
Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak speaks to the media after being questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office in Putrajaya on May 24, 2018.(AFP photo)
Updated on May 25, 2018 11:11 AM IST
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Malaysia’s former PM Najib Razak quizzed over 1MDB scandal, anti-corruption official reveals threats faced

Najib Razak is at the center of investigations looking into the Malaysian state investment fund known as 1MDB and whether it was used for embezzlement or money laundering.
Najib Razak, Malaysia's former prime minister, arrives at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's headquarters in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on May 22, 2018.(Bloomberg)
Najib Razak, Malaysia's former prime minister, arrives at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's headquarters in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on May 22, 2018.(Bloomberg)
Updated on May 22, 2018 11:50 PM IST
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Agence France-Presse, Putrajaya | By HT Correspondent

Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad sworn in as PM, becomes world’s oldest leader at 92

A former doctor who entered politics in 1964, Mahathir Mohamad governed Malaysia with an iron fist for 22 years. He came out of retirement to take on Prime Minister Najib Razak after the leader became embroiled in a massive corruption scandal.
Mahathir Mohamad speaks to journalists during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on May 10.(AFP Photo)
Mahathir Mohamad speaks to journalists during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on May 10.(AFP Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2018 08:33 PM IST
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At 92, Malaysia’s ex-strongman Mahathir Mohamad to be world’s oldest prime minister

In a win that overturns decades of dominance by Malaysia’s main coalition, Mahathir Mohamad has secured an unlikely second act in the twilight of his political career.
Mahathir Mohamad during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday.(AP Photo)
Mahathir Mohamad during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday.(AP Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2018 05:22 PM IST
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Agence France-Presse, Kuala Lumpur | By Agence France-Presse

Malaysians vote in cliffhanger election as politicians say phones jammed

Malaysians voted in a cliffhanger election pitting Prime Minister Najib Razak’s coalition against a resurgent opposition led by 92-year-old former leader Mahathir Mohamad
A Malaysian woman casts her vote during the 14th general election at a polling station in Kuala Lumpur on May 9, 2018.(AFP)
A Malaysian woman casts her vote during the 14th general election at a polling station in Kuala Lumpur on May 9, 2018.(AFP)
Updated on May 09, 2018 11:59 AM IST
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Grappled with scandals, Malaysia PM Najib Razak to face toughest election yet on Wednesday

Najib’s coalition is expected to win the election, but a significant loss of seats to the opposition could leave the prime minister open to a leadership challenge within his United Malay National Organisation party.
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak attends an election champaign in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.(AP Photo)
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak attends an election champaign in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.(AP Photo)
Updated on May 07, 2018 11:19 PM IST
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Malaysia’s scandal-hit PM faces tough fight as election campaign begins

PM Najib Razak faces a challenge from Mahathir Mohamad, a strongman who led Malaysia for over two decades and has shaken up the race with a surprise comeback at the age of 92.
Election campaigning formally started for May 9 general elections that will determine if scandal-plagued Najib Razak's coalition can extend nearly 61 years of unbroken rule and fend off an unprecedented challenge led by nonagenarian former strongman Mahathir Mohamad.(AP)
Election campaigning formally started for May 9 general elections that will determine if scandal-plagued Najib Razak's coalition can extend nearly 61 years of unbroken rule and fend off an unprecedented challenge led by nonagenarian former strongman Mahathir Mohamad.(AP)
Published on Apr 28, 2018 01:17 PM IST
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Agence France-Presse, Langkawi (Malaysia) | By Agence France-Presse

Malaysia’s PM Najib dissolves parliament paving way for tough election

Najib Razak is expected to retain power due to a deep rift in opposition ranks between Mahathir’s bloc and the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party.
Passerby walks in front of a live broadcast of an announcement by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 6, 2018.(AP)
Passerby walks in front of a live broadcast of an announcement by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 6, 2018.(AP)
Updated on Apr 06, 2018 07:18 PM IST
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Malaysian govt approves ‘fake news’ law with six years’ jail term ahead of election

The law targets foreign as well as local media, and is seen in part as an effort to silence criticism of the scandal surrounding sovereign wealth fund that has rocked PM Najib Razak’s administration. The election is expected within weeks.
Commuters sit in front of an advertisement discouraging the dissemination of fake news, at a train station in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 28.(Reuters File Photo)
Commuters sit in front of an advertisement discouraging the dissemination of fake news, at a train station in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 28.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Apr 02, 2018 06:26 PM IST
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