Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Najib Razak has gone on trial for his function in a monetary scandal that has despatched shockwaves all over the world.
He faces seven fees within the first of a number of felony instances accusing him of pocketing $681m (£522m) from the sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.
Mr Najib pleaded not responsible to all the fees on Wednesday.
The 1MDB fund was designed to spice up Malaysia’s financial system via strategic investments.
However as an alternative it allegedly funded lavish existence, a Hollywood movie and a super-yacht.
A gaggle of supporters met Mr Najib as he arrived on the courtroom in Kuala Lumpur. They stood and prayed with him earlier than he entered the constructing to chants of “Lengthy dwell Najib”.
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Mr Najib’s legal professionals made a last-minute bid to delay proceedings however the choose dominated in opposition to them.
Within the prosecution’s opening assertion, Malaysia’s Legal professional-Common Tommy Thomas mentioned the “close to absolute energy” Mr Najib had wielded carried with it “monumental duty”.
“The accused just isn’t above the regulation,” he added.
Whereas the previous prime minister faces a number of legal instances, Wednesday’s trial is the primary main trial within the scandal.
Proceedings have been initially set to start on 12 February, however have been delayed for associated appeals to be heard.
Malaysia’s authorities has additionally filed felony fees towards Wall Road agency Goldman Sachs, accusing the funding financial institution of defrauding buyers by elevating cash for 1MDB.
The financial institution has denied all wrongdoing and stated it could “vigorously defend the fees”. In addition, the Prime Minister has stated a change needs to be made or else they will be hitting a dead end.