Malaysia: Najib Razak, his wife banned from leaving country

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Ousted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor have been blacklisted from leaving the country, immigration authorities said on Saturday.

The statement by Malaysian Immigration Department was issued moments after the scandal-plagued former prime minister said in a Facebook post that he and his family were taking a holiday overseas starting from Saturday and would return next week.

Najib on his Twitter account said he would respect the government ban on him leaving the country.

“I have been informed that the Immigration Department does not allow me and my family to go abroad. I respect the direction and will remain with the family in the country,” Najib wrote. 

The ousted leader faces being investigated by the incoming government over a corruption scandal at Malaysia’s state-owned investment fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), from which officials are alleged to have stolen more than $4.5bn.

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Some of that money is alleged to have ended up in Najib’s personal bank account.

Najib has denied any wrongdoing and said the money was a donation from the Saudi royal family, which he had since returned.

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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