SINGAPORE (Feb 11): The laundry list of allegations against Malaysia’s former leader Najib Razak for his role in 1MDB points to a lengthy road ahead as his trial begins on Tuesday.

The 42 counts of corruption and money laundering charges offer a window into the complex web of transactions surrounding 1Malaysia Development Bhd., the state fund that lies at the centre of globe-spanning investigations involving about US$4.5 billion ($6.1 billion) of allegedly misappropriated funds. The probes have led to dozens of allegations against Najib, who has pleaded not guilty, while ensnaring Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in its first criminal case.

“This is likely to be the mother of legal battles in Malaysian history,” said Yang Razali Kassim, a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. “It’s going to be tough. This growing array of charges also means it will take more time to wrap up the legal fight.”

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