Malaysian police investigate former premier Mahathir

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Kuala Lumpur (dpa) – Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad said he is ready to face a police investigation into statements he made at an anti-government rally last month.

The demonstrations were called to press for the resignation of corruption-tainted Prime Minister Najib Razak.

“When the police call you for investigation you must go,” Mahathir said as he arrived in the country from an overseas trip Wednesday.

Dozens of supporters greeted the former prime minister, who ruled Malaysia with an iron fist from 1981 to 2003.

Police chief Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar said Mahathir would be investigated for a speech at an August 29 rally, when he accused some members of the ruling coalition of receiving bribes.

Mahathir, who violently broke up street protests during his rule, said demonstrations are now justified because Najib closed all avenues for people to express their grievances against the government.

Najib has been heavily criticized, even from within his ruling party, since a July report in the Wall Street Journal suggested that 673 million dollars in his accounts had been misappropriated from a state development fund.

The government denied the accusations, saying the money was received as donations from unidentified sources in the Middle East.

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