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Malaysian court upholds guilty verdict against former Prime Minister Najib in 1MDB-related case

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during an interview with Reuters in Kuala Lumpur
FILE PHOTO: Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during an interview with Reuters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia September 18, 2021. Photo taken September 18, 2021. REUTERS / Lim Huey Teng

December 8, 2021

By Rozanna Latiff

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A Malaysian appeals court on Wednesday upheld the guilty verdict of former prime minister Najib Razak in a case linked to a corruption scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

Najib was sentenced to 12 years in prison and a $50 million fine by a high court last year after being found guilty of criminal offenses of breach of trust, abuse of power and money laundering for illegally receiving around $10 million from the SRC. International, a former unit of the now defunct 1MDB.

He has pleaded not guilty and has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

Judge Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil said he agreed with the high court judge on the conviction and sentencing on all seven charges against Najib.

“We reject appeals on all seven charges and confirm conviction on all seven charges,” the judge said.

Najib has been released on free bail pending an appeal.

His lawyer, Shafee Abdullah, told the court that the former prime minister would appeal the ruling at the Federal Court, Malaysia’s highest court.

The judge allowed Najib to request a stay of the sentence and Najib will be released on bail.

Dressed in black, Najib showed no emotion as the verdict was read out and was occasionally seen taking notes during the hearing.

Najib and his lawyers joined the proceedings via Zoom after a member of his legal team tested positive for COVID-19.

The former prime minister remains influential in his party, the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), which returned to power in August after being voted out three years earlier amid widespread corruption allegations. wide.

Mr. Najib told Reuters in September that he had not ruled out seeking re-election to parliament, a move that would require his conviction to be overturned.

US and Malaysian authorities say $4.5 billion is believed to have been stolen from 1MDB and more than $1 billion has been transferred to Najib’s personal account.

(Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; Editing by Ed Davies and Stephen Coates)

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