Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Najib Razak has gone on trial for his role in a financial scandal that has sent shockwaves around the world.
He faces seven charges in the first of several criminal cases accusing him of pocketing $681m (£522m) from the sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.
Mr Najib pleaded not guilty to all the charges on Wednesday.
The 1MDB fund was designed to boost Malaysia’s economy through strategic investments.
But instead it allegedly funded lavish lifestyles, a Hollywood film and a super-yacht.
A group of supporters met Mr Najib as he arrived at the court in Kuala Lumpur. They stood and prayed with him before he entered the building to chants of “Long live Najib”.