KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been sentenced to 12 years’ jail and fined RM210 million after he was found guilty of all seven charges related to the misappropriation of RM42 million of SRC International funds.
High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali sentenced Najib to 12 years in prison and an RM210 million fine for the abuse of power offense; 10 years each for the three counts of committing criminal breach of trust; and 10 years each for the three money laundering offenses.
He ordered the sentences to run concurrently.
Earlier in the morning, Mohd Nazlan said the defense had failed to raise any doubt against the prosecution’s case.
Among other things, he ruled that Najib’s defense of blaming fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho @ Jho Low was not valid.
He said pointing the finger at others, as was Najib’s main defense, did not absolve him of blame.
On the defense’s argument that Najib did not manage his own accounts, the judge said it was illogical as the accused had been issuing cheques and therefore must shoulder the responsibility.
Najib – who is Pekan Member of Parliament, had been accused of three counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) under Section 409 of the Penal Code; three counts of money laundering under Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLATFPUAA); and one count of abuse of power under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act 2009 involving RM42 million of SRC International funds.