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Former Malaysian PM, Officials, Face New Graft Charges

Malaysian's anti-graft agency said Wednesday that ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak, along with two former high-ranking officials, will face new charges of criminal breach of trust. The agency said Najib and former treasury chief Mohamad Irwan Serigar Abdullah will be charged together Thursday in "several cases of criminal breach of trust involving the use of Malaysian government funds." It didn't give details but media reports said the charges are linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund. Separately, it said in a statement that Hasanah Abdul Hami, the former chief of the foreign intelligence agency that is now defunct, will also face similar charges in a separate case. Malaysia's new government has stepped up prosecution of Najib and other former officials over the 1MDB scandal and other alleged graft cases since its stunning electoral victory in May that led to the country's first change of power since independence...

 

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