(July 4): Malaysia’s former leader Najib Razak has pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption and criminal breach of trust in connection with a multibillion-dollar scandal surrounding state fund 1MDB.

Appearing in the High Court on Wednesday, Najib was granted bail of 1 million ringgit ($337,800) and ordered to surrender his passports. He faces three counts of criminal breach of trust, and one charge under the anti-corruption act, and could be jailed for up to 20 years and fined. The ex-prime minister is seeking a trial for all charges.

While the breach of trust charges carry punishments that include whipping -- usually done with strokes of a rattan cane -- Najib may be exempted for being more than 50 years old.

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