Ex-Malaysian PM Najib Razak charged with corruption

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged with corruption for allegedly accepting millions of dollars in bribe money, in a stunning fall from grace just months after his shock election defeat.

Najib, the first ex-premier in Malaysia to appear in front of a judge, is accused of pocketing 42 million ringgit (USD 10.4 million), and three counts of criminal breach of trust.

Each charge carries a penalty of up to 20 years in jail.

The unprecedented court appearance came the day after the 64-year-old was arrested at his luxury home by officers probing how billions of dollars of state funds disappeared on his watch.

Allegations of massive corruption were a major factor behind the shock election loss in May of Najib's long-ruling coalition to a reformist alliance headed by his 92-year-old former mentor Mahathir Mohamad.