Razak sentenced to 12 years in prison

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Kuala Lumpur High Court has sentenced former Malaysian PM Najib Razak to 12 years in jail after finding him guilty on all seven counts in the first of several multi-million dollar corruption trials, the BBC reported.

Najib had pleaded not guilty to the charges of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power.

The 1MDB scandal around a state-owned wealth fund in Malaysia has uncovered a global web of fraud and corruption.

BBC said the scandal sent shockwaves through Malaysia's political establishment, leading to the toppling of Najib's UMNO party, which had governed the country for 61 years since it gained independence.

Najib, in office from 2009 to 2018, is expected to remain out of prison until appeals are exhausted.

He was sentenced to 12 years in prison for abuse of power, and 10 years in jail for each of six counts of money laundering and breach of trust.

The sentences are to run concurrently.

“After considering all evidence in this trial, I find that the prosecution has successfully proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt," judge Mohamad Nazlan Mohamad Ghazali told the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

Ahead of the hearing, Najib said he would fight on until the end, vowing to appeal against any guilty verdicts against him. "This is my chance to clear my name," he wrote in a statement on Facebook.

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  • ChanakaJ Tuesday, 28 July 2020 07:37 PM

    How many of our politicians are guilty of similar charges? Aren't they lucky not to be Malaysian?

    lankan Tuesday, 28 July 2020 09:29 PM

    NO NO! They are very clean.

    sameer Tuesday, 28 July 2020 07:37 PM

    Hope we have a justice system like this SL....

    Nimal Tuesday, 28 July 2020 08:30 PM

    That happened in Malaysia!!

    Sambo Tuesday, 28 July 2020 08:49 PM

    Why don;t they make such judgement in Sri Lanka for the scum bags who is robbing this country. The more they rob the more they become powerful and famous in this country of uneducated people.

    neil Tuesday, 28 July 2020 09:33 PM

    Not in Sri Lanka. Politicians are meant to get rich and above law.


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