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Malaysia Political Spat Escalates as Former Premier Sues Najib

  • Mahathir waging campaign to oust Prime Minister Najib
  • Najib facing biggest crisis since coming to power in 2009
Mahathir Mohamad.

Mahathir Mohamad.

Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad escalated his feud with Prime Minister Najib Razak, filing a lawsuit alleging misuse of power.

Najib "actively and deliberately" sought to derail investigations by local agencies into troubled state investment company 1Malaysia Development Bhd., plus hundreds of millions of dollars that ended up in his private accounts in 2013, according to a statement by Mahathir’s lawyers.