Judge postpones 2nd corruption trial of Malaysia's former PM
Added 08-19-19 12:03:01am EST - “The second trial of Malaysian's ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund was delayed Monday by a week to allow his first trial to end.” - Washingtontimes.com
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The second trial of Malaysian’s ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund was delayed Monday by a week to allow his first trial to end.
Najib faces a total 42 charges of corruption, abuse of power and money laundering in five separate criminal cases brought since his shocking election defeat last year. 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 ($10.1 million) that allegedly went into Najib’s bank accounts from a former 1MDB subsidiary.
In the second trial, Najib faces four counts of abusing his power to receive a total of 2.3 billion ringgit ($551 million) from 2011 to 2014, and 21 other charges of receiving, using and transferring illicit funds linked to 1MDB.
Defense lawyers asked the judge to start the trial by Sept. 3 if the first trial cannot end this week and also to give them time to study lengthy witness statements they’d just received.
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