- Farah Salim
Court of Appeal upholds Najib’s conviction
8 Dec 2021
By Farah Salim
KUALA LUMPUR: The Court of Appeal has upheld former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s guilty verdict in the 1MDB-linked funds corruption trial involving RM42 million.
The judgment was delivered today by Justice Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil who headed a three-member panel.
According to a report by The Star, Najib’s appeal on all seven charges were dismissed and his conviction remains affirmed.
The proceeding was conducted virtually as Najib and several lawyers in his defence could not be present since they were Covid-19 casual contacts.
Najib was appealing the High Court’s decision from July 28, 2020, which found him guilty of all seven charges relating to the RM42 million money laundering.
The High Court previously sentenced Najib to 10 years’ jail for each of six charges (three counts each of criminal breach of trust and money laundering).
He was also sentenced to 12 years’ jail and a RM210 million fine with an additional five years’ jail if the fine is not paid for the abuse of position charge.
All his prison sentences would run concurrently or at the same time that would mean a maximum imprisonment of 12 years.