Judge grants Najib stay, bail increased by RM1m

KUALA LUMPUR : Judge Nazlan Mohd Ghazali rules that the defence has successfully demonstrated special circumstances for a stay of execution on both the jail terms and RM210 million fine.

However, he says the bail amount needs to be increased by RM1 million with two sureties.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak is pictured at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex July 28, 2020. ― Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
Datuk Seri Najib Razak is pictured at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex July 28, 2020. ― Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri/MM

Najib will also have to report to the nearest police station on the 1st and 15th of every month.

He has until tomorrow to pay the additional RM1 million bail amount.

The High Court here has sentenced former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to 12 years in jail and a total fine of RM210mil in default of five years in jail after he was found guilty of seven charges in the first of a series of cases involving the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.

Prior to sentencing, Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali said he had taken into consideration several factors including the public interest, and observing key objectives of law enforcement.

“The sentence is not only to punish offenders but to deter other people from repeating the offence.

“I’ve also taken into consideration his contribution to the economic growth of the country,” he added.

The court’s decision is as follows:

1) The charge under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) 2009 on abuse of power – 12 years and a fine of RM210mil, in default five years’ jail.

2) Criminal breach of trust (CBT) with respect to all three charges under Section 409 of the Penal Code – 10 years each.

3) With respect to all three charges under Section 4(1)(b) of Anti-Money Laundering Act, Anti-Terrorism Financing Act and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act – 10 years each.

Justice Nazlan ordered for all jail sentences to run concurrently.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak speaks to reporters at the Kuala Lumpur High Court lobby July 28, 2020. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Datuk Seri Najib Razak speaks to reporters at the Kuala Lumpur High Court lobby July 28, 2020. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa/MM

Convicted former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak left the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex at 8.20pm looking worn out compared to when he walked up the steps upon arrival 11 hours ago.

“I am very disappointed with the judgment in the SRC case because our side led by Tan Sri Shafee and lawyers brought arguments that can raise many doubts in this case… however this was not accepted, but I will appeal in the Court of Appeal and we will do this as soon as possible.

“However, I hope this case in the Court of Appeal will be heard as soon as possible because I want to continue my effort to clear my name and I will continue this fight,” he said to about 100 local and international media at the court lobby accompanied by his lead defence counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.null

When asked if he had predicted his judgment a day before and how today’s conviction affected his political career moving forward, Najib replied that he was and is always prepared for everything.

“I must be some sort of soothsayer if I had predicted my judgment… but I hoped for the best but was prepared for the worst.

“About my political career, this is definitely not the end of the world. There is still a process of appeal and we hope that we will be successful in that and I also hope my supporters will continue to believe in me,” he said.

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