KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Najib Razak today said he was innocent and had a chance to clear his name, hours after being charged with offences including abuse of power.
Najib pleaded not guilty to the charges arising from an investigation into a scandal-plagued state fund 1MDB, which he founded almost a decade ago.
“I am confident of my innocence. I believe in my innocence and this is the best chance to clear my name,” Najib told reporters outside the courtroom after being released on bail.
“If this is the price I have to pay for 42 years I served the people and the country… I am willing,” he added.
The trial date has been set for Feb 18 next year.