A two-minute pre-recorded video narrated by Datuk Seri Najib Razak emerged on the social media accounts of the former Malaysian prime minister on Tuesday (July 3), claiming his innocence hours after his arrest.
It follows an investigation into how billions of dollars went missing from a state fund - which he founded a decade ago.
Alleged corruption at the 1MDB fund led to the surprise defeat of Najib's coalition in May 9 polls.
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The United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) is believed to have received funds from 1MDB, which is the subject of money laundering probes in at least six countries.
Najib, as Malaysia's prime minister, wielded significant power over the state's institutions and quashed an investigation into misappropriation of 1MDB funds.
The authorities picked up Mr. Najib from his home after serving him with a remand order, two sources close to the family said.
Najib and his cronies were accused of plundering billions of dollars from the 1MDB sovereign wealth fund to buy everything from United States real estate to artworks. He is due to be charged in court on Wednesday morning.
TRT World spoke with Zan Azlee in Kuala Lumpur for more details.
A 1MDB taskforce set up by the government this week said 408 bank accounts involving funds of almost 1.1 billion ringgit had been frozen.
Civil lawsuits filed by the US Department of Justice allege that almost US$4.5 billion ($6.7 billion) was misappropriated from 1MDB.
Red Granite agreed in March to pay the U.S. government $60m to settle claims it benefited from the 1MDB scandal. That includes real estate, art and proceeds from "The Wolf of Wall Street", which was directed by Martin Scorsese and starred Leonardo DiCaprio.
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Fans celebrate Mexico's win against Germany as they watched it on an outdoor screen in Mexico City's Zocalo on June 17. Attention now turns to England as they prepare for their opening World Cup fixture against Tunisia on Monday.
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The president reversed the family separation policy last week but the re-unification of separated families remains an issue. "I'm here to help and support you and give my help, whatever I can, on behalf of children and the families", she added.
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Chelsea and Villarreal are reportedly set to go head-to-head in the race to sign Napoli centre-back Raul Albiol . Chelsea have agreed compensation terms with manager Antonio Conte and his backroom staff.
Trump said the tariffs to get common items back into Canada are so high that Canadians have to smuggle footwear into the country . On July 6th, both the US and China will impose 25% tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese and USA imports, respectively.
Senegal's 2-1 victory against Poland saw the end of the first round of the group stages and we have seen a lot already. The forward trained with his team-mates in Sochi on Tuesday but hobbled away from the session after only 15 minutes.