Malaysia's ex-PM Najib starts appeal against 1MDB-linked conviction, jail sentence

By Reuters7 days ago


Reuters. Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak walks out of a courtroom for a break at Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur

By Rozanna Latiff

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's Court of Appeal on Monday will begin hearing a bid by former prime minister Najib Razak to set aside his conviction on corruption charges in a case linked to a multibillion-dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB.

Najib, who was voted out in a historic 2018 election, faces several trials over allegations that $4.5 billion was stolen from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a state fund he co-founded in 2009. He has plead not guilty to all charges.

Last year, Najib was sentenced to 12 years in jail and a $50 million fine after being found guilty of criminal breach of trust, abuse of power and money laundering for illegally receiving about $10 million from SRC International, a former 1MDB unit.

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