MACC arrests Najib over 1MDB case

Lester Mason
September 19, 2018

"I am of of the view that Najib's arrest was made after the former prime minister provided proofs that the fund came from the Saudi Arabia government and King Abdullah (Abdulaziz's) son (Prince Abdulaziz Al-Saud)", he said.

In the latest development involving the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, former Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has reportedly been arrested once again, according to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said in a statement on Wednesday (Sep 19) that Najib was taken into custody at 4.13pm at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya.

Najib has faced intense scrutiny since unexpectedly losing a general election in May to Mahathir Mohamad, who reopened investigations into allegations that billions of dollars were stolen from 1MDB.

It didn't give details, but the section deals with the abuse of power.

Najib will face "several charges", some of which will relate to the transfer of 2.6 billion ringgit ($628 million) into his account, the MACC said. He has pleaded not guilty and his trial is due to start next year.

1MDB is being investigated by at least six countries, including Singapore, Switzerland and the United States, over alleged money laundering and graft.

Public anger over the 1MDB scandal led to the stunning ouster of Najib's long-ruling coalition in May 9 national polls and ushered in the first change of power since independence from Britain in 1957.

Police also seized jewelry and valuables valued at more than 1.1bn ringgit ($270.2 million) from properties linked to Najib.

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