Malaysia's former PM Najib arrives in court for start of corruption trial - Kogonuso

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Apr 3, 2019

Malaysia's former PM Najib arrives in court for start of corruption trial

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's disgraced former leader Najib Razak arrived at a Kuala Lumpur high court on Wednesday (Apr 3) for his trial over a multi-billion-dollar financial scandal that contributed to his long-ruling coalition's downfall last year and sent shockwaves around the world.
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Najib was greeted by supporters upon his arrival and paused for a short prayer session before he proceeded into the building. 

Shouts of "hidup Najib" or "long live Najib" could be heard in the complex. 

The 65-year-old will face the first of several trials over his alleged involvement in the looting of sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, a state investment vehicle established to develop the economy of the Southeast Asian nation. 

The much-awaited high profile trial will be heard before Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.

Najib will face seven charges of corruption and money laundering over the alleged theft of some 42 million ringgit (US$10.3 million) from SRC International, a former 1MDB unit.

It is only a fraction of the money allegedly stolen from 1MDB, and hundreds of millions of dollars are believed to have ended up in Najib's accounts alone.

He has denied any wrongdoing.

At least six countries, including the United States, Switzerland and Singapore, have launched money laundering and graft investigations into 1MDB, set up by Najib in 2009.

Najib was initially due to stand trial in February, but appeals by his defence team over procedural matters saw his case put on hold until a judge last week ruled the trial should finally proceed.

While many of his cohorts have been caught and charged in Malaysian courts, the alleged mastermind behind the 1MDB scandal, playboy financier Jho Low, is still at large.

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