Malaysian ex-PM Najib will get 12-yr jail in corruption case

Kuala Lumpur, July 28

Malaysia’s former chief Najib Razak was discovered responsible of corruption and sentenced to 12 years in jail on Tuesday within the first trial over a multi-billion-dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB that stretched to the Gulf states and Hollywood.

In a case extensively seen as a check of the nation’s resolve to stamp out corruption and which may have huge political implications, excessive courtroom choose Mohamad Nazlan Mohamad Ghazali sentenced Najib to 12 years and a high quality of 210 million ringgit ($49 million) on a cost of abuse of energy. 

‘Kleptocracy at its worst’ 

  • Former US attorney-general Jeff Sessions described the scandal as kleptocracy at its worst
  • Malaysia’s former chief Najib Razak has pleaded not responsible, and says he’ll enchantment the decision in Malaysia’s Federal Court if convicted

Najib, 67, additionally acquired 10 years in jail on every of three costs of prison breach of belief and three costs of cash laundering for illegally receiving almost $10 million from SRC International, a former unit of the state fund.

“After contemplating all proof on this trial, I discover that the prosecution has efficiently confirmed its case past an inexpensive doubt,” Mohamad Nazlan stated. He ordered the jail phrases to run concurrently.

The choose allowed a request by Najib’s legal professionals to delay the jail sentence and the monetary penalty, however requested Najib to publish further bail and report back to a police station twice a month.

Najib had pleaded not responsible, and stated he would enchantment the decision in Malaysia’s Federal Court if convicted. The verdict may doubtlessly be partially or absolutely overturned by the upper courtroom on enchantment, although that might take years. — Reuters

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