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>> The next turn in Malaysia's billion dollar corruption scandal has revealed new potential links to former Prime Minister Najib Razak. A source told Reuters the country's anti-corruption commission had evidence money had been moved into Najib's account from a state fund, that's while he was in office. It's the latest development in Malaysia's dramatic election story, after Najib lost power to an unlikely opposition coalition last week.
According to a Reuters' exclusive, over $10 million was transferred and the commission kept quiet, despite discovering the fact in 2015. But according to a member of a panel that reviewed the case, a recommendation for further investigation at the time was rejected by the Attorney General. Najib's consistently denied any wrongdoing or connection to the alleged billion dollar graft at state fund 1MDB.
The former Attorney General, Mohamed Apandi Ali declined to comment when contacted by Reuters. Najib's spokesperson could not be reached for a response. But newly inaugurated Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has vowed to fully investigate the scandal and take action against anyone who aided or benefited from corruption at the front.
Mahathir also said that embattled politician Anwar Ibrahim may be released from prison on Wednesday. At 70 years old, Anwar is serving a second five year jail term for sodomy. He says the charges are politically motivated. A royal pardon would reverse the charges, and mean Anwar could again stand for politics.
Mahathir also said it's likely he'll remain Prime Minister for one or two years, afterwards he would handover to his successor.