Judge Mohamad Sofyan Abdul approved the pledge of £ 190,000 in cash to the former Prime Minister of Malaysia and demanded from Najib Razak to hand over his two diplomatic passports. In addition, the former high-ranking official will need to appear at all court sessions in person, according to Economictimes.
The court also allowed the temporary request, requested by Najib’s lawyers, to prohibit public discussion of the case in the media on the merits, except that it will be presented in court.
The criminal charge was filed two months after the scandal involving the state investment fund 1MDB, led to the defeat of Najib in the election.
Earlier in Malaysia, a large-scale corruption scandal broke out due to abuses in the state investment fund 1MDB, which was founded by the former prime minister. He was also his supreme leader. According to the investigation, the management of the fund kidnapped more than 4.5 billion dollars.
The US is also investigating the scandal of 1MDB, and US prosecutors say that money stolen from the fund was spent on various expensive acquisitions, such as a yacht worth $ 250 million.
The former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, pleaded not guilty to four charges in the corruption case brought against him by state prosecutors. “I demand a trial,” he said barely audible when he stood in the dock in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur.
At a press conference after the hearing, Najib said that the court would be “the best chance for me to clear my name after all the slander and accusations.” Recall that in May the police of Malaysia searched Razak’s houses and apartments and confiscated the valuables, which were taken out on five trucks, then Razak was interrogated for five hours.