Gem of a case on cards in Najib hearing

Central Station | 17 Jul 2019

The credit cards of Malaysia's disgraced ex-leader Najib Razak were used to spend over 3.3 million ringgit (HK$6.27 million) in one day at a luxury jeweller in Italy.

The 2014 spending spree is the latest evidence of what critics say is the lavish lifestyle enjoyed by Najib after he and his cronies allegedly plundered state coffers.

The ex-prime minister, his family members and inner circle are accused of stealing billions of dollars from Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.

The claims played a major part in Najib's government losing power at elections last year. He was arrested after being ejected from office, and went on trial over the scandal in April.

At a hearing in the case Monday, a bank official said two credit cards were used at a branch of Swiss jeweller De Grisogono in Italy.

They were also used to pay over 460,000 ringgit at a Chanel boutique in Hawaii and over 120,000 ringgit at a Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok.

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