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Malaysia's Najib to take witness stand in 1MDB-linked graft case

2019-12-03 10:34:02       source:The Aljazeera

December 3, 2019

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is set to take the witness stand on Tuesday, in a highly anticipated appearance before the High Court in Kuala Lumpur, as he fights off the first of several cases related to the scandal at state fund 1MDB, in which he is accused of taking 42 million ringgit ($10m).

Najib is expected to present his defence testimony then be questioned by prosecutors in public - earning him the dubious honour of becoming the first former leader of Malaysia to testify on his own behalf in a corruption trial.

On social media, Najib had said that he was looking forward to "the chance to clear my name in court". Earlier, his defence counsel, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah had said the public could expect a sworn testimony.

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