Former Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak has been arrested from his home on Tuesday, Malaysian State Media has confirmed. Razak was being investigated by Malaysia’s anti-graft body over his involvement in the billions of dollars missing from 1Malaysia State Board (1MDB) – a state fund which he created. He was asked not to leave the country and was being quizzed repeatedly.
It is suggested Razak will appear before court on Wednesday.
Earlier on Tuesday, Malaysia’s anti-corruption agency questioned Riza Aziz, the stepson of Najib and a Hollywood film producer. US investigators say Riza’s company, Red Granite Pictures Inc, used money stolen from 1MDB to finance Hollywood films including the Martin Scorsese-directed The Wolf of Wall Street.
Founded by Najib in 2009, 1MDB is being investigated in at least six countries for alleged money laundering and graft.