KUALA LUMPUR – High Court Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali had sentenced Datuk Seri Najib Razak to 12 years in prison and a fine of RM210 million over his power abuse charges.
He also sentenced the former Prime Minister to 10 years of imprisonment each for the three counts of criminal breach of trust.
The jail term was ordered to run concurrently and if Najib fail to pay the fine, he is required to serve another five years in prison.
Earlier, the court found Najib guilty on all seven charges of power abuse, criminal breach of trust and money laundering involving RM42 million of funds belonging to SRC International Sdn Bhd (SRC).
While reading out his verdict, Mohd Nazlan said that the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case against the accused.
He then sentenced Najib to 72 years in prison for all the seven charges pressed against him, however, they will be served concurrently, thus, he will be serving 12 years and a fine of RM210 million.
Mohd Nazlan also sentenced Najib to 10 years of prison for each of the money laundering charge.
Najib, 67, who was found guilty for three counts of criminal breach of trust, three counts of money laundering and one count of power abuse looked calm and did not give any reaction when the judge delivered the sentence.
Before the sentence was delivered, Najib once again swore and repeated that he was never involved in the misappropriation of funds while listing out the various transformation he had brought to the country during his reign as the Prime Minister.
A total of 57 witnesses had testified throughout the 58 days of proceeding including former Relationship Manager of Ambank Berhad Joanna Yu and former Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah.
The prosecution had presented over 750 of exhibits including banking documents related to Najib’s accounts, cash transactions, minutes of meeting and Blackberry messenger conversation on Najib’s accounts transactions.
On 11 November 2019, Mohd Nazlan ordered Najib to enter his defence over the charges after the prosecution managed to establish prima facie on the case.
Najib started his defence proceeding on 3 December last year for 33 days, calling 19 defence witnesses including himself.
In a Facebook post yesterday, Najib said that he was ready to bring the case to the Court of Appeal for a fair judgement by three panel of judges instead of only one like today.
Najib was charged on 4 July last year for three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of power abuse over RM42 million belonging to SRC International.
On 8 August last year, three more charges on money laundering were pressed against him at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court involving the same amount of funds from the similar source.
The former President of UMNO was charged for committing the offence between 17 August 2011 and 10 February 2015.
According to Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009 and punishable under Section 24 of the same act, upon conviction, it carries a maximum sentence of 20 years and a fine of up to five times the amount of gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher. –MalaysiaGazette