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Malaysia's Chief Justice and President of the Court of Appeal Resign


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Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:59 GMT

Malaysia's top two judges are resigning, court officials said on Wednesday, the latest senior public servants to leave their posts since the former government lost power, Reuters has reported.

Chief Justice Raus Sharif and appeals court president Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin are to step down on July 31st, a judiciary statement said.

They are the latest senior officials to quit, or be forced to leave their jobs since Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad won a shock election victory last month on a pledge to clean up a government beset by scandal and other abuses.

The attorney-general and central bank governor have both left their jobs after allegations related to a scandal surrounding sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.

Ousted former prime minister Najib Razak, his family and cronies were accused of plundering billions of dollars from the fund in a sophisticated fraud.

Both Najib, who has been questioned by anti-graft investigators twice over the controversy since losing power, and 1MDB deny any wrongdoing.

The judiciary statement said the judges' resignations were approved by the king on June 8th, as is required by law for such senior legal posts.

"In light of these considerations, the Chief Justice of Malaysia and the President of the Court of Appeal had sent their respective resignation letters to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on June 7, 2018 and the resignation takes effect on July 31, 2018," the statement said.

The judges had their terms extended last year despite exceeding the legal retirement age of 66 for their posts, in a move that sparked protests from Mahathir -- then in the opposition -- and the legal community. 

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