Former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman
(Photo: Bernama)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) arrested former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman on November 5.

The MACC said in a statement that it had received consent from the Attorney-General's Chambers to charge Musa, who was detained at MACC headquarters at 10.05am.

“Subsequently, Musa will face several charges under the Anti-Corruption Act (ACA) 1997,” the MACC said.

The anti-graft agency added Musa was set to be taken to the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court at 2pm for corruption charges involving a sum of up to 263 million ringgit (64.5 million USD. His violations are believed to be made in 2009.

If convicted, he will face sentences of between 14 and 20 years in jail and pay a fine of no less than five times the money he misappropriated.

Musa assumed the role as chief minister of Sabah state from 2003 to May 9, 2018.

Before he was arrested, prosecutors also accused former Prime Minister Najib Razak and former Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid of committing different crimes.

Najib faces 38 counts of money laundering and abuse of power and trust in connection with the scandal-hit state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Meanwhile, Zahid, who is President of the opposition United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), faces 45 charges of abuse to trust, money laundering and corruption.-VNA