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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia's Najib begins appeal to overturn 1MDB-related jail term

Lawyer vows to make case ex-PM 'was not aware' of illegal funds

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrives at the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya on April 5.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's appellate court on Monday began hearing former Prime Minister Najib Razak's application to strike down a prison sentence imposed last year in connection with the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) corruption scandal.

Clad in a brown suit and tie, Najib arrived at the court complex in the administrative capital of Putrajaya for the hearing, with a three-member bench presiding. The court has set aside 12 days between Monday and April 22 to consider the appeal.

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