World: Ex Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak arrested
Kuala Lumpur, July 3, 2018, (AltAfrica) – Former Prime Minister Najib Razak held in Kuala Lumpur over his role in Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal, state media report.
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been arrested in Kuala Lumpur, state media reported, as part of probe into alleged theft and money-laundering at the 1MDB state investment fund.
Najib’s family lawyer told Channel News Asia on Tuesday that the ex-leader would be charged for his role in the 1MDB scandal the next day.
Earlier on Tuesday, Malaysia’s anti-corruption agency questioned Riza Aziz, the stepson of Najib and a Hollywood film producer.
Alleged corruption at the 1MDB fund helped bring on the unexpected defeat of Najib’s coalition in the May 9 polls. The new government reopened investigations that were stifled while Najib was in office.
Riza was solemn as he arrived at the anti-graft office and didn’t speak to reporters.
US investigators say Riza’s company, Red Granite Pictures Inc, used money stolen from 1MDB to finance Hollywood films including the Martin Scorsese-directed The Wolf of Wall Street.
Red Granite agreed in March to pay the US government $60m to settle claims it benefited from the 1MDB scandal.