Najib Razak was charged with six counts of criminal breach of trust involving govt funds worth more than $1.5 billion, adding to the 32 charges he already faces.
Malaysia's cabinet has ordered the suspension of the colonial-era Sedition Act, widely used to rein in dissent, and is working on doing the same for the death penalty.
In a case that prosecutors say is a “national disgrace”, Najib Rasak has been charged with a total 32 counts of money laundering in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal.
Police are investigating the deaths as a culpable homicide which could see those behind the alcohol production sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, a fine, or both.
The accused allegedly receiving proceeds totaling 9.5 million ringgit ($2.29 million) from illegal activities through checks issued by former Malaysian prime minister Najib.
A US official said the meeting would be an opportunity to talk about the Trump administration's Indo-Pacific strategy and a vision for an "open, transparent, rules-based region."
Mahathir, who came to power in May, is reviewing major projects signed by the former govt, saying many of them do not make financial sense for Malaysia.
U Min Naing, Haj Yassin and Zeyar Hein face minimum 15 years’ jail, and possible death sentences, on two drug counts.
Police seize at least 18 billion kyats in property from suspects, open cases under Anti-Narcotics Law.
Port officials say only Customs agents have power to clear shipments for export.
Married couple who run clearance, trading businesses in Yangon were detained prior to Tuesday’s arrest of Haj Yassin, customs agents say.
PM Mahathir Mohamad says he will remain in office for 1 or 2 years and that Anwar Ibrahim, the jailed reformist he had vowed would replace him, will be released on Wednesday.
"Even though we support freedom of press and freedom of speech, there are limits," Mahathir said in a live telecast on state TV.
Ex-PM to be sworn in as prime minister today after unseating Najib
Opposition leader Mahathir Mohamad hopes to shift loyalty away from Prime Minister Najib Razak.