Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and two former members of the United Malay National Organisation (UMNO), Khairuddin Abu Hassan and Anina Saaidudin, filed a lawsuit against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak over claims of corruption and abuse of power in public office.
The trio said in a statement that the chronology of the alleged actions of Najib was dated back to March 2015 on the 1MDB investigations over the debt-laden state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and deposits in Najib’s private accounts worth around $680 million.
The statement said that Najib’s abuse of power was also limiting freedom of speech.
“Mahathir had attended Bersih 4, where he made a statement criticising Najib. He was thus under police investigation for criminal defamation,” they said and added that “he has also been in the spotlight by the police for his blog post on current Attorney-General Mohd Apandi Ali.”
Earlier this year, Najib was cleared of any criminal offenses, as he has denied allegations saying that he did not use the funds for his personal gain.
Mahathir’s law firm accused Najib of “carrying out various steps that were actively and deliberately taken in bad faith” and said those steps were taken “to obstruct, interfere, impede and derail the various investigations and inquiries which were being conducted by various legal enforcement agencies.”
A "Citizen's Declaration" calling for Najib's resignation was signed by Mahathir and several opposition leaders earlier this month.