PETALING JAYA: Embattled former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will not be “around” for the 15th General Election, the man who led his ouster said today.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Najib is expected to be charged with embezzlement, corruption and a “lot of other things”.

“I think whatever it is, the decision (to charge him) has to be made now,” Mahathir told Channel NewsAsia in an exclusive interview.

“(There’s been a) disappearance of huge sums of money and then the appearance of money inside his account and all that.

“All these things point towards a criminal act … but on the other hand, if you want to go to the court, you must be able to prove (this) every step of the way.”

“So people are not going to say, well, we are persecuting this man and all that. They know of the wrong things that he has done. Their worry is that he might escape … good lawyers might get him off the hook.”

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