Malaysian ex-PM Najib hit with new charges over graft scandal
Looking tired as he appeared in court, Najib was charged with three counts of money-laundering over claims he pocketed 42 million ringgit (USD 10.3 million).
He faces up to 15 years in jail for each charge.
He faces up to 20 years in jail for each of those charges.
Malaysia's new government is probing allegations that billions of dollars were looted from state fund 1MDB, which was set up by Najib, in a sophisticated fraud.
Allegations of massive corruption were a major factor behind the electoral earthquake in May that toppled Najib's long-ruling coalition and ushered in a reformist alliance headed by his 93-year-old former mentor Mahathir Mohamad.
Asked if he understood the charges, Najib responded: "I understand".
His case was being transferred to another court for a plea to be taken.
He previously denied the other four charges against him.
All the charges relate to SRC International, an energy company that was originally a subsidiary of 1MDB.
According to an investigation by the Wall Street Journal, about USD 10 million originating from SRC was transferred to Najib's personal bank accounts, a fraction of the hundreds of millions of dollars from 1MDB that was allegedly funnelled to him.
Najib and the fund deny any wrongdoing.
The US Justice Department, which is seeking to recover items allegedly bought with stolen 1MDB cash in America, estimates that USD 4.5 billion in total was looted from 1MDB.
Investigations into 1MDB have been moving swiftly.
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