Wednesday, June 7, 2023
26 C
Brunei Town
- Advertisement -

Malaysia court rejects Najib’s bid to review graft conviction

PUTRAJAYA (AFP) – Malaysia’s top court rejected ex-leader Najib Razak’s bid to overturn his 12-year jail sentence for corruption yesterday, slamming the door on a political comeback.

The former prime minister had asked the Federal Court to review a previous panel’s decision to deny his final appeal against the conviction, linked to the plunder of state investment fund 1MDB.

Najib, 69, claimed he did not receive a fair hearing, alleging that a judge had a conflict of interest, and that his new legal team was not allowed enough time to study the case documents.

But the Federal Court dismissed the challenge yesterday. “There has been no prejudice and no failure of justice,” said judge Vernon Ong Lam Kiat.

He will continue to serve his 12-year jail sentence for abuse of power, money laundering and criminal breach of trust over the transfer of MYR42 million (USD10.1 million) from former 1MDB unit SRC International to his personal bank account.

The car of the wife of Malaysia’s jailed former prime minister Najib Razak and their daughter, Rosmah Mansor and Nooryana Najwa, is pictured leaving the federal court in Putrajaya Malaysia. PHOTO: AFP

Najib, who has been in prison since August, appeared dejected as the decision was read out.

Earlier, he had arrived in court escorted by prison guards, and was greeted by dozens of supporters.

His wife Rosmah Mansor, who was found guilty of graft last year, also attended the proceedings. Najib also faces dozens more charges which could lengthen his jail time.

Most of them are related to his alleged role in the 1MDB scandal, which led to money laundering investigations around the world, including in the United States, Switzerland and Singapore.

The allegations that billions of dollars were pilfered from 1MDB and used to buy a superyacht to a Monet painting.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Latest article

- Advertisement -