KUALA LUMPUR – July 28, 2020: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been sentenced to a 12-year jail term and fined RM210 million by the High Court for abuse of power.
He was in fact sentenced to 10 years’ jail for each of three counts of money laundering and also three counts for criminal breach of trust but Justice Mohd/ Nazlan Mohd. Ghazal decided for the jail terms to run concurrently.
The 67-year-old Najib also escaped caning due to this age.
The sentencing was announced in the afternoon after Najib attempt to convince the court he had no knowledge of the RM42 million he was accused of getting from SRC International Sdn. Bhd., going so far as to recited the sumpah laknat or literally, a curse swear/
“As a Muslim let me finish once again…. I swore to God I did not demand for the RM42 million, I did not lend the 42 million, I’ve no knowledge of the RM42 million. That is all I have to say,” declared Najib from the dock.
Earlier in the day, Nazlan stated that he found Najib guilty of all seven corruption, ruling that the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt.
SRC was a subsidiary of the country’s sovereign fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
Nazlan also rejected the defence’s application to postpone Najib’s sentencing to prepare for his mitigation.
The judge agreed to a stay of execution of the sentence but increased Najib’s bail by RM1 million, payable with two sureties by tomorrow.
Najib was further ordered report to the police twice a month on the 1st and 15th days pending an appeal.