Malaysia appeal court to rule next month on ex-PM Najib’s conviction

KUALA LUMPUR (CNA) – A Malaysia court will deliver its verdict in December on an appeal filed by former premier Najib Razak over his conviction in a corruption case related to state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Najib was sentenced last year to 12 years in jail and fined USD50 million after being found guilty of criminal breach of trust, abuse of power and money laundering for illegally receiving about USD10 million from SRC International, a former unit of now-defunct 1MDB.

Najib, 68, had appealed the verdict and is out on bail. He has consistently denied wrongdoing.

Malaysia’s Court of Appeal will deliver the verdict on December 8, the federal court registrar’s office said in a statement.

He can appeal further to the federal court if his conviction is held up.

Najib remains influential in Malaysian politics and is popular on social media.

He is central to his party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), which returned to power in August after it was ousted in elections three years ago due to widespread corruption allegations.

Opposition lawmakers are concerned graft allegations against UMNO leaders could dropped with the party back in power.

Najib is one of several UMNO leaders facing corruption charges, all brought after the 2018 election loss.

Former Malaysian premier Najib Razak. PHOTO: BERNAMA