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Malaysia in transition

Najib's corruption charges taint Malaysian political dynasty

Former leader's family faces 1MDB fallout as arrest lifts hope for transparency

Women walk past a portrait of Najib Razak during the United Malays National Organization general assembly in December 2017.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- The indictment of former Prime Minister Najib Razak on corruption charges Wednesday deals widespread damage to a Malaysian political dynasty, but also raises expectations for greater transparency in the country.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court charged Najib with four criminal offenses over allegations that he embezzled funds from SRC International, a unit of state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad. The criminal charges are the first ever against a former Malaysian prime minister.

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