"A Dramatic Fall From Grace" - Global Media Weighs In After Najib Was Charged In Court
A "dramatic" fall from grace indeed. Former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak was taken to court earlier today, and had four charges brought against him.
Najib is being charged under Section 409 of the Penal Code for three counts of criminal breach of trust, and one count of abuse of power.
The ex-Prime Minister, who pleaded not guilty to all charges against him, was ordered to pay a RM1 million bail and surrender both his passports.
Najib has been released on bail, according to Free Malaysia Today. He also insisted that he was innocent, and referred to the court case as "the best chance" to clear his name.
Najib's arrest and corruption charges came within two months after he lost office in the historic 14th General Election. The former premier's fate has garnered the interest of international media, and here are some of their headlines:
Tommy Thomas was reported by Reuters as saying that Najib used his position as a public official for "self gratification (for a) total of RM42 million".
The report added that once Najib is convicted of abuse of power, the fine he will face is "not less than five times the value of gratification".