Graft trial of ex-Malaysian PM Najib delayed

World | 11 Feb 2019 6:44 pm

A defense lawyer says former Malaysian leader Najib Razak's graft trial, scheduled for tomorrow, has been postponed by a court ruling.

Najib has pleaded not guilty to 42 charges of criminal breach of trust, graft, abuse of power and money laundering linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund that has battered the country's standing abroad.

The first of his many trials was due to start Tuesday, but lawyer Farhan Read said the defense won a stay of proceedings in the Appeal Court on Monday. He said the Appeal Court will hear Najib's appeal over a technical issue that the defense says could impair the validity of the trial.

Anger over the 1MDB scandal led to Najib's electoral defeat last year. -AP

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