Malaysia ex-PM Najib begins final bid to set aside 1MDB conviction

Najib Razak, Malaysia

© APA | Najib Razak, Malaysia's former Prime Minister

# 15 August 2022 04:10 (UTC +04:00)

Malaysian former Prime Minister Najib Razak starts his final attempt on Monday to set aside his conviction in a corruption case linked to the multi-billion dollar 1MDB financial scandal, APA reports citing Reuters.

The country's highest court has scheduled hearings through Aug. 26 to hear Najib's appeal of his convictions for criminal breach of trust, abuse of power and money laundering over the alleged theft of $4.5 billion from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a state fund he co-founded as premier in 2009.

At least six countries have launched investigations into 1MDB, a global scandal that has implicated high-level officials and major financial institutions.

Prosecutors say more than $1 billion in 1MDB funds made its way into Najib's personal accounts.