BREAKING: Najib pleads not guilty, judge sets bail at RM1 million

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak (centre R) waves as he is transferred to a high court after an appearance at the Duta court complex in Kuala Lumpur on July 4, 2018. Najib, 64, was detained on July 3 as the government of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad intensified a probe on corruption during his rule, including the alleged siphoning off of billions of dollars from state fund 1MDB. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

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.

 

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