Najib Razak has been charged with corruption, a dramatic fall from grace for the former Malaysian prime minister two months after he lost office. He faces three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of abuse of power. He pleaded not guilty to all counts and has been released on a two hundred and fifty thousand dollars bail.
Mr Najib has long been accused of pocketing seven hundred million dollars from the state development fund 1MDB, which he set up. A new investigation began after his shock election loss in May. Mr Najib was arrested by anti-corruption authorities on Tuesday and spent the night in detention.
In a video posted on Twitter a day earlier, he appealed to the public not to believe the reports, saying that not all of the accusations were true. He added that he has not been given a chance to defend
himself. The charges against him carry a maximum of 20 years imprisonment.