News ID: 323699
Published: 0305 GMT August 23, 2022

Malaysia’s top court sends Najib to jail as ex-PM loses final appeal

Malaysia’s top court sends Najib to jail as ex-PM loses final appeal
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Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak speaks to journalists outside the Federal Court during a court break, in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on August 23, 2022.

Malaysia’s top court ordered former prime minister Najib Razak to begin a 12-year prison sentence on Tuesday after upholding a guilty conviction on charges related to a multi-billion dollar graft scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Knocking back Najib’s final appeal, the country’s top court also denied his request for a stay of sentence, Reuters reported.

Najib, 69, was found guilty by a lower court in July 2020 of criminal breach of trust, abuse of power, and money laundering for illegally receiving about $10 million from SRC International, a former unit of 1MDB. He had been out on bail and pending appeals.

The former premier, who pleaded not guilty, was sentenced to 12 years’ jail and a 210 million ringgit ($46.84 million) fine.

Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat said the court unanimously dismissed Najib’s appeals and that lower courts’ conviction was safe.

“The defence is so inherently inconsistent and incredible that it has not raised reasonable doubt on the case... We also find that the sentence imposed is not manifestly excessive,” she said.

The court had earlier rejected a last gasp effort by Najib to forestall the final verdict by requesting the removal of the chief justice from the panel.

Addressing the court moments before the final verdict was delivered, Najib said he was the victim of an injustice, while requesting for another two months for his new lawyers to prepare for his appeal.

 

 

 

   
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