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|19 September, 2018

Ex-Malaysian PM Najib arrested, to face charges in 1MDB case - officials

Najib will face "several charges", some of which will relate to the transfer of $628mln into his account

Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak greets his supporters as he leaves a court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 4, 2018.

Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak greets his supporters as he leaves a court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 4, 2018.

REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin

KUALA LUMPUR - Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will face charges of abusing his position and graft related to money allegedly siphoned off from state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad, the country's anti-corruption agency said on Wednesday.

Najib was arrested on Wednesday afternoon and will be taken to court on Thursday, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission said in a statement (MACC).

Najib will face "several charges", some of which will relate to the transfer of 2.6 billion ringgit ($628 million) into his account, the MACC said. The charges will be brought under a section of the MACC Act which deals with the offence of using office or position for gratification, the agency said.

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(Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; Writing by A. Ananthalakshmi; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore) ((ananthalakshmi.as@thomsonreuters.com; +603 2333 8036; Reuters Messaging: ananthalakshmi.as.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net; Twitter: @AnanthalakshmiA))