KOMPAS.com – Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak began his 12-year prison sentence on Tuesday, Aug. 23, having been convicted of looting a state investment fund.
Malaysia’s Federal Court unanimously upheld Najib’s conviction and sentence, rejecting the former leader’s final appeal.
Najib was taken to Kajang prison on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur following the verdict.
The former prime minister, who ran the country for nine years, had been out on bail pending appeals since his sentence in 2020.
What did the Federal Court say?
The five-member Federal Court, which is Malaysia’s highest judicial authority, said it found that the High Court’s decision was correct. It added that Najib’s appeal was “devoid of any merits.”
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“This is a simple and straightforward case of abuse of power, criminal breach of trust, and money laundering,” Chief Justice Maimun Tuan Mat said.
The justice went on to say that Malaysia’s top court was “unable to conclude that any of the findings of the High Court, as affirmed by the Court of Appeal, were perverse or plainly wrong so as to warrant appellate intervention.”
“We agree that the defense is so inherently inconsistent and incredible that it does not raise a reasonable doubt on the prosecution case,” she said.