Malaysia court to decide if ex-premier Najib Razak’s 1MDB trial will proceed

The judge will decide whether the prosecution’s case against former Prime Minister Najib Razak is strong enough to proceed, or if he should be cleared. PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Malaysia’s toppled leader Najib Razak will learn on Monday (Nov 11) if his first trial over the 1MDB scandal will proceed, in a key test of efforts to bring him to justice over the multi-billion-dollar fraud.

Vast sums were plundered from sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) in a mammoth scam allegedly involving Najib and his cronies, which has triggered investigations around the world.

His coalition was ousted at the polls last year after more than six decades in power largely due to the scandal, and he has since been arrested and hit with dozens of 1MDB-linked charges.

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