Malaysia: Former Deputy Prime Minister charged with money laundering

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Malaysian former Deputy Prime Minister, Ahmad Zahid-Hamidi was charged on Friday with 45 offences including money laundering and graft amid a widening crackdown on corruption.

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Ahmad leads the opposition as president of the United Malays National Organisation, the once-powerful party that ruled Malaysia for 60 years before being ousted in a shock general election defeat in May.

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He is the latest former high-ranking official to be charged with suspected graft since the unexpected election victory of a coalition led by Mahathir Mohamad.



Ahmad was charged with 10 counts of criminal breach of trust and eight counts of abuse of power involving sums totaling 42 million ringgit (10 million dollars).

However, he pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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