Malaysian court postpones trial related to 1MDB fund

A Malaysian court has postponed for a week the biggest of five trials linked to a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal at the state fund 1MDB and allegedly involving former Prime Minister Najib Razak.

 Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.(Photo:

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.(Photo:

Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah said the hearing will begin on August 26.

In the upcoming hearing, Najib will face four charges of having used his positions to obtain gratification totalling US$550.8 million from 1MDB funds and 21 counts of money laundering involving the same money.

Najib is facing a total of 42 criminal charges of corruption and money laundering at 1MDB and other state-owned entities where he has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The 1MDB was set up by Najib in 2009 for socio-economic development. However, US and Malaysian investigators found some $4.5 billion was stolen, and around $1 billion was sent to Najib’s different accounts.

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