Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak leaves Kuala Lumpur High Court [Lai Seng Sin/Reuters]

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak went on trial in a Kuala Lumpur court on Wednesday in the first of a series of prosecutions related to the alleged theft of billions of dollars from state fund 1MDB.

The case centres on the 1MDB unit, SRC International, where Najib faces seven charges including abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money laundering involving 42 million Malaysian ringgit ($10.3m) that allegedly made its way into his personal bank accounts. The former prime minister pleaded not guilty when he was charged last July.

In his opening statement, Attorney General and lead prosecutor Tommy Thomas told the court

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