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Malaysia in transition

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Malaysia's former prime minister again charged with pocketing state funds

KUALA LUMPUR -- A Malaysian court has jointly charged former Prime Minister Najib Razak and a top bureaucrat with criminal breach of trust, widening the scope of the corruption scandal at state fund 1Malaysian Development Berhad.

Najib and former Finance Ministry Secretary General Irwan Serigar Abdullah -- who was once the head of the three-man board at 1MDB -- were indicted Thursday on six counts of criminal breach of trust in pocketing about 6.6 billion ringgit ($1.6 billion) in government funds, some of which was money meant for the poor.

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