4 July 2018
Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak pleaded not guilty to criminal charges on Wednesday (July 4).
Najib denied allegations of corruption at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). The ex-premier had spent the night in detention after he was arrested at his home on Tuesday (July 3) as part of the investigations into 1MDB. He was charged with abuse of power and three counts of criminal breach of trust. Each of the four charges carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years. Najib was granted bail set at $247,000. The abuse of power charge carries a fine of not less than five times the "value of gratification".