Former Malaysia PM Najib arrested amid graft probe

Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrives at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya to give his statement

Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrives at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya to give his statement

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is expected to face more than 10 counts of committing criminal breach of trust linked to the SRC International Sdn Bhd case, according to a source.

SRC International, set up in 2011 by Najib to explore strategic in the energy sector, was formerly a subsidiary of 1MDB before it was placed under the purview of the Finance Ministry, which Najib also helmed.

"Mohd Najib will be charged tomorrow at 8.30 am at Kuala Lumpur Court", it added. A Najib spokesperson did not immediately have a comment.

The official, who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter, said Najib was picked up from his house Tuesday and is being brought to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's headquarters, and that the agency will issue a statement soon. He was arrested at his home in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia's anti-corruption agency is questioning Riza Aziz, the stepson of former premier Najib Razak and a Hollywood film producer, as part of probe into alleged theft and money-laundering at the 1MDB state investment fund.

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Mahathir said in an interview with Reuters last month that embezzlement and bribery with government money were among the charges that Malaysia was looking to bring against 64-year-old Najib, adding they had "an nearly ideal case" against him.

The fund was started by Najib when he took power in 2009, but it accumulated billions in debts and is being investigated in the United States and several other countries.

Civil lawsuits filed by the U.S. Department of Justice allege that almost $4.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB.

Riza was solemn as he arrived at the anti-graft office Tuesday and didn't speak to reporters.

Last week, the 1MDB task force in Malaysia reportedly froze more than 900 accounts following allegations that they received funds from 1MDB.

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