Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak to face 21 money laundering charges: police

FILE PHOTO: Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak speaks to Reuters during an interview in Langkawi, Malaysia June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A total of 21 money laundering charges have been prepared against former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak in connection with a $681 million dollar transfer into his personal bank account, police said on Thursday.

The charges include nine counts of receiving illegal proceeds, five counts of using illegal proceeds and seven counts of transferring the proceeds to other entities, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim said in a statement.

Najib was expected to be charged in court on Thursday for corruption related to the siphoning of funds from scandal-linked state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

The U.S. Department of Justice, which is investigating 1MDB, has alleged that $681 million made its way into Najib’s account from the fund.

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