KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – The former leader of a resource-rich Malaysian state was charged on Monday with allegedly receiving bribes for the awarding of timber concessions, while abuse by former officials has been increasingly abused.
Monday by the Anti-Graft Agency before he was taken to court.
He did not plead guilty to 35 counts of corruption for allegedly receiving $ 63.3 million in timber and timber contracts from Hong Kong and Singapore. He was released on bail and faces imprisonment of up to 20 years for each offense.
His lawyer could not be called immediately for an opinion.
Sabah and the neighboring Sarawak on Borneo are rich in natural resources such as oil, gas and wood are among the poorest states in Malaysia.
Najib, his wife, former deputy, and two other former government officials were previously charged with corruption, and the government has warned that more can be brought to justice.  Najib has accused the new government of seeking political revenge.