A former Malaysian law minister filed a legal suit Tuesday challenging a decision by the country’s attorney general not to prosecute Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal involving more than $700 million channeled into his private bank accounts.
Zaid Ibrahim said statements by the anti-corruption organization and other agencies investigating indebted state investment fund 1MDB, which is linked to Najib, indicated “strong evidence of wrongdoing” by the prime minister.
He said the possible offenses included money laundering and criminal breach of trust.
Zaid said Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali’s decision last week not to prosecute Najib was “unreasonable and constituted an improper exercise of discretion.”
He said he is seeking a judicial review of Apandi’s decision. He also wants the court to rule that Apandi’s order to the anti-corruption agency to close its files on the investigation was beyond his scope of power. Read More