Former Malaysian prime minister Najib arrested on graft charges

BREAKING Najib Was Just Arrested at His Private Residence- WORLD OF BUZZ 1

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested by anti-corruption investigators Tuesday, officials said, the latest dramatic development in a widening graft probe that has engulfed the ex-leader.

One of the sources said Najib is expected to be charged in court on Wednesday after being remanded for one night.

In a pre-recorded message posted on Twitter after his arrest, Najib said not all the accusations against him and his family were true.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, centre, arrives at a court house in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.

"This was the inevitable outcome when Najib lost the election and lost his political immunity", Bridget Welsh, a political science professor at John Cabot University in Rome, said in an email.

Since his ouster, Najib has been barred from leaving Malaysia and questioned by the government's anti-graft agency along with his wife, Rosmah Mansor.

A spokesman for the politician did not immediately comment but Najib has consistently denied wrongdoing.

United States investigators say $4.5 billion was stolen and laundered from 1MDB by Najib's associates, including some $700 million that landed in Najib's bank account.

Mahathir, 92, last month said Najib was fully responsible for the scandal, and the case against his former protege was "almost flawless".

In a pre-recorded message posted on Twitter after his arrest, Najib said he was not flawless and "not all the accusations against me and my family are true".

"Let investigations be carried out".

The scandal caused widespread anger among voters, leading to Mr Najib's ouster during the May 9 general elections, effectively ending Barisan Nasional's 61-year rule in Malaysia.

A judge said Najib is accused of abusing his power between December 2014 and March 2015 when about $10 million was transferred from a former unit of the 1MDB state fund to his bank account.

It has been alleged that out of billions of ringgit found in his personal bank accounts, RM42 million is believed to have been transferred from SRC International.

"I wish to categorically state that this claim is false", Zeti said in the statement, referring to Najib saying the central bank was aware of the 2.6 billion ringgit placed in his account.

Police seized $US273 million (£207 million) worth of jewellery, handbags, watches and other items from six of Najib's properties as part of the investigation last month.

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