SINGAPORE (Sept 24): Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, who was slapped with 25 new charges on Sept 20, said he welcomes the trial as it will give him a chance to clear his name in relation to the RM2.6 billion ($858.2 million) in his bank account that was allegedly transferred from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

The issue of the RM2.6 billion has been widely used to tarnish his name, Najib told reporters after pleading not guilty to all the charges at the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur.

“These charges will give me an opportunity to clear my name, prove to the public that I am not a thief and, hopefully, put an end to the issue,” he said.

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