Malaysia's Najib in last-ditch bid to delay trial

Najib and his cronies are accused of stealing $4.5 billion from Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDBMore

Najib and his cronies are accused of stealing $4.5 billion from Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDBMore

But his lawyers filed an application for the trial to be delayed pending an appeal on a technicality related to the transfer of charges between courts.

From appearing in an R&B music video and trolling social media to vilify the new government, former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been combative before the start of his graft trial, linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund that has battered the country's standing overseas. Najib is hardly lying low ahead of his corruption trial set to begin Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, on charges related to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund.

Najib was ousted in an election in May previous year amid public fury over the alleged theft of $4.5 billion from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

A defense lawyer says former Malaysian leader Najib Razak's graft trial, scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed by a court ruling. No new date was set.

"It's just a hiccup", he said.

Najib has pleaded not guilty to 42 charges of criminal breach of trust, graft, abuse of power and money laundering linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund that has battered the country's standing overseas.

The trial is the first of four criminal proceedings that Najib is expected to face over the 1MDB scandal so far, and the sum involved is a fraction of the $1 billion that investigators say allegedly made their way into his bank accounts. All of them have pleaded not guilty. Najib faces years in prison after being hit with a total of 42 criminal charges, majority linked to 1MDB.

One of only a few Southeast Asian leaders to be arraigned after losing office, Najib has denied any wrongdoing.

USA prosecutors say money stolen from 1MDB was used to buy a private jet, luxury real estate, artwork by Picasso and Monet, as well as jewellery for Rosmah.