The 3-member Court of Appeal has thrown out former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s appeal against his guilty verdict by the Kuala Lumpur High Court.
In an online hearing at 9 a.m. today (8 December), the Court of Appeal has in an unanimous decision concurred with the findings of the trial judge to convict Najib Razak for misappropriating RM42 million belonging to SRC International.
According to Malaysiakini, the verdict is delivered by Court of Appeal judge Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil, where he said there is no reason to contradict trial judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.
He added that the claim that the money was an Arab donation is untenable.
Previously, Nazlan had sentenced the former prime minister to 10 years jail on each of the 3 counts of criminal breach of trust.
Najib then filed an appeal against the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s decision that found him guilty back in July 2020, to which they sentenced him to 10 years in jail for each of 3 criminal breach of trust cases and each of the 3 cases of money laundering.
In addition, he was sentenced to another another 12 years in jail and a fine of RM210 million, for abuse of power involving SRC International funds totaling in RM42 million.
Najib was sentenced to 72 years in jail in total, but will only serve 12 years as the jail sentenced will run concurrently.
Despite all of this, Najib still has one last chance to escape his sentence, which is to appeal to the Federal Court.