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Dr Lee Jones, Is the trial of Najib Razak a political vendetta?


Najib Razak was Malaysia's Prime Minister until two months ago. Now he's a political outcast, trying to avoid being sent to prison for 20 years. Najib is the first person to appear in court in connection with the 1-MDB scandal and the disappearance of $4bn of taxpayer's money. Dr Lee Jones, Reader in International Politics at Queen Mary, was interviewed by Al Jazeera Inside Story to discuss the implications of Najib's trial. Dr Jones said: “It will remain to be seen whether this anti-corruption purge will just stop with Najib and his close associates or it will really go further and start to dismantle Malaysia’s system of crony capitalism.”
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