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Jakarta Post

Lawyer of former Malaysian PM Najib to be charged with money laundering: Report

  • News Desk


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   /   Thu, September 13, 2018   /   11:11 am
Lawyer of former Malaysian PM Najib to be charged with money laundering: Report Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak (C) arrives for a court appearance at the Duta court complex in Kuala Lumpur on July 4, 2018. Najib, 64, was detained on July 3 as the government of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad intensified a probe on corruption during his rule, including the alleged siphoning off of billions of dollars from state fund 1MDB. (AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

Malaysia's anti-graft agency will on Thursday charge the lawyer of former prime minister Najib Razak with money laundering, state news agency Bernama reported.

Muhammad Shafee is leading a defence team for Najib who faces charges of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad ( 1MDB ).

Shafee will be charged under the anti money laundering act at Jalan Duta court in Kuala Lumpur, Bernama said citing the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

No further details were available. It was not clear if the matter was related to MACC's probe into graft at 1MDB.

Local media reports said the senior lawyer has already been arrested, but Reuters could not independently confirm this.

Shafee could not be reached immediately for a comment.