Malaysian court dismisses former Prime Minister’s appeal and upholds conviction

The Malaysian Court of Appeals unanimously dismissed former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s appeal to overturn his conviction in the SRC International Corruption Case and upheld the High Court’s ruling against him.

Najib was sentenced to 12 years in prison and 210 million last year after being convicted of sending 42 million ringgit ($ 9.9 million) to his bank account from SRC International, a former unit of 1 Malaysia Development Bhd. He was fined Ringgit ($ 50 million).

He faced seven accusations, including criminal trust violations, abuse of power, and money laundering, but acquitted all accusations and denied misconduct.

Court of Appeal Judge Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil, who led the three-member appeal bench, unanimously agreed to the High Court’s decision that members would convict Najib of all seven accusations and judgments. He said he had dismissed the appeal against Najib’s conviction.

“There is no national interest here, only the country’s embarrassment,” Abdul Karim told the court on December 8.

The judge also shows that the evidence has reason to know or believe that Najib knew or believed that the funds in his account were the proceeds of illegal activity and did not take steps to determine them as such. Said that.

However, the court granted Najib’s request to suspend executions and granted him bail while awaiting an appeal to federal court.

In a post-verdict virtual briefing, Najib expressed disappointment with the court’s decision, claiming he was unaware of the 42 million ringgit sent from SRC International to his bank account.

“I didn’t know, and I didn’t ask, and I didn’t order anyone to transfer 42 million ringgit to my account,” he said. His term as Prime Minister Najib ended in 2018 after former leader Mahathir Mohamad won a majority in the elections.

The day before the hearing, a Najib lawyer issued a letter to the Court of Appeals requesting that the hearing be postponed because members of the Najib legal team tested positive for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. ..

“We have found that this prestigious court has the date of the hearing (today’s bid for additional evidence of Najib) on December 7, 2021 and the decision date on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Humbly asks you to destroy it, taking into account what happened. According to state media Malaysiani, the statement said:

The court denied the request and ordered the trial to resume via Zoom when Najib Baylor, who was present during the December 7 proceedings, did not answer the panel’s question about the client’s whereabouts. ..

Reuters contributed to this report.

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