The US Justice Department has been conducting a criminal probe of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a fund founded by Najib, which is facing money-laundering probes in at least six countries, including the United States, Switzerland and Singapore.
Mahathir has been spearheading calls for Najib to resign over a multibillion-dollar financial scandal in indebted state fund 1MDB, which is being investigated in several countries for money laundering. Najib has denied any wrongdoing.
Fahmi Reza, a Malasian cartoonist, faces a possible one-year prison sentence and 50,000 ringgit (USD 12,200) fine.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will seek a review of the decision with an independent government panel, it said in a statement but did not specify if it recommended charges against 62-year-old Najib.
Malaysia Opposaition seekd to call Najib Razak to account over a scandal that has roiled Malaysian markets and battered the government’s image.
Najib has been fighting for political survival after leaked documents in July showed he received some $700 million in his private accounts from entities linked to indebted state fund 1MDB.
The protest has brought into the streets a political crisis triggered by reports of a mysterious transfer worth more than $600 million into an account under Prime Minister Najib Razak’s name.
In one area near the square, a comedian entertaining the crowd poked fun at Najib. Dressed up as an Arab, he pretended to hand over a multi-billion-ringgit check as a donation to a rally participant.
Activists say Najib should resign and the political system and state institutions be reformed to be more transparent and accountable.
Najib has been under increasing pressure after leaked documents alleged that millions had gone into his personal account from a state fund 1MDB.
Najib pledged there will be no cover-up in the investigation of a debt-laden state investment fund.
The PMO said the helicopter was carrying guests back from the wedding reception for Najib’s daughter.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday vowed to bring to justice the perpetrators of MH17.
Malaysia, a majority Muslim country, had initially sought to have the remains returned by July 28 for Hari Raya.
Siti Amirah, was headed there to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, Islam’s biggest festival, at the end ofthe Muslim holy month of Ramadan.