Former Prime Minister Najib Razak pleaded not guilty this morning to a series of graft charges read out to him at the High Court, after which presiding judge Mohd Sofian Abd Razak set bail at at RM1 million (US$250,000) in cash and confiscated both his passports.
Najib’s attorney, former Attorney General Shafee Abdullah, had asked the court for leniency, saying the amount was too high, and that his client had an “unblemished record.” He added that Najib, the son of a former prime minister, didn’t even have a traffic offense to his name. It was all for nought.
Earlier, Najib was charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of abuse of power for graft, the result of a nearly two-month long investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). You can read our breakdown of the charges right here.