Today, the KL High Court found Ex Prime Minister Najib Razak guilty on all seven charges. Earlier, it was reported he was guilty on one court of abuse of power in connection with RM42 million belonging to former 1MDB unit SRC International. This makes him the first former prime minister to be charged and convicted in Malaysia.
KL High Court Judge Nazlan has ruled that the defence failed to rebut the presumption in Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act. Najib and his former deputy and UMNO President Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, remained calm after hearing the verdict.
Najib, who also happened to be the former finance minister, was convicted on three counts of criminal breach of trust, three counts of money-laundering and one count of abuse of power.
The judge, who read a detailed judgment for more than an hour, delivered the verdict and said the defence had failed to raise any doubts against the prosecution’s case.
Among other things he ruled that Najib’s defence of blaming fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho @ Jho Low was not valid. He said pointing the finger at others, as was Najib’s main defence, did not absolve him of blame.
The judge said that is was illogical that Najib did not manage his own accounts and that he should have bear the responsibility. It was argued that the accused was issuing checks.
Judge Nazlan said on CBT charges that the action of the accused was not consistent with someone without knowledge. He made no attempt to return the RM42 Million nor set aside the amount after having been told that the money in his accounts came from SRC International.
Judge Nazlan concluded that the prosecution has successfully proven its case beyond reasonable doubt on the three CBT and money laundering charges and abuse of power.
“In conclusion after considering all evidence in this trial, I find that the prosecution has successfully proven its case beyond reasonable doubt against the accused, I therefore find the accused guilty and convict the accused on all seven charges,” he said.
The conviction could mean zero chances for Najib to participate in the next election and an end to Najib’s political career in Malaysia.
For more info on the verdict and all that went down in court, https://live.24liveblog.com/live/UwMwY?n=2575896570094868027