"The charge against him (Razak) is alleging he used his position to receive favours for himself, as to protect himself from any repercussions in terms of civil or criminal repercussions with regards to the 1MDB."
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged on Wednesday with tampering with the final audit report into a defunct state investment fund, adding to a long list of corruption allegations against him since he was ousted in May's elections.
Najib was charged along with Arul Kanda Kandasamy, the former head of the 1MDB (1 Malaysia Development Board) fund, which is being investigated in the US and other countries for alleged cross-border embezzlement and money laundering.
Najib pleaded not guilty to abusing power to order the modification of the report in February 2016 before it was presented to the Public Accounts Committee, in order to protect himself from disciplinary and legal action.
Kandasamy, who was detained overnight by anti-graft officials, pleaded not guilty to abetting Najib.
The charges came after the auditor-general revealed last month that some details had been removed from the 1MDB report.
Kandasamy led 1MDB from 2015 until he was terminated in June.
The two men were released on bail, and face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.