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Malaysia ex-PM Najib fails to raise reasonable doubt on abuse of power charge: court

FILE PHOTO: Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his supporters arrive at Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 1, 2020. REUTERS/ Lim Huey Teng

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A Malaysian judge said on Tuesday the defence team of former Prime Minister Najib Razak had failed to raise reasonable doubt on a charge of abuse of power in the first graft trial linked to scandal-tainted state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

When reading out his judgment, high court judge Mohamad Nazlan Mohamad Ghazali did not spell out a verdict but said Najib’s lawyers had failed in “rebutting the presumption on the balance of probabilites or raising reasonable doubt” on the charge of abuse of power.

Najib faces seven charges of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power against Najib for allegedly illegally receiving nearly $10 million from former 1MDB unit SRC International. He had plead not guilty.

Reporting by Joseph Sipalan; Editing by Ed Davies

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