Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in this January 25, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Olivia Harris/Files
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Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad filed a suit against scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak Wednesday, alleging corruption and abuse of power, his law firm said, the latest salvo in Mahathir's efforts to remove Najib from office.Mahathir was joined in the lawsuit by Khairuddin bin Abu Hassan and Anina binti Saadudin, former members of the United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) which Najib heads.Mahathir on March 4 joined hands with long-standing foes, including the party of the jailed Anwar Ibrahim, to crank up pressure on Najib to quit.The plaintiffs in Wednesday's suit are seeking exemplary damages from Najib to the government of 2.6 billion ringgit ($650 million) and aggravated damages of 42 million ringgit -- equal to the amounts that were allegedly deposited into Najib's bank account.
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