Wed, 31 May 2023

Malaysian Court Refuses to Review Ex-Prime Minister's Conviction

Voice of America
31 Mar 2023, 21:06 GMT+10

Malaysia's top court said Friday it will not review its 2022 graft conviction of former Prime Minister Najib Razak on charges stemming from the multi-billion-dollar scandal at state fund 1 Malaysia Development Berhad or 1MDB.

Najib's legal maneuvering on Friday was his last legal recourse, but he has, however, applied for a royal pardon, which, if granted, would have him out of prison without serving his full 12-year term.

Najib's legal woes began after investigators discovered that $4.5 billion was stolen from 1MDB, during Najib's first year in office, with more than $1 billion going to accounts linked to him. Najib is the co-founder of 1MDB.

Najib was found guilty in 2020 of criminal breach of trust, abuse of power and money laundering for illegally receiving about $10 million from SRC International, a former unit of 1MDB. He lost all his appeals.

Some material in this report came from The Associated Press and Reuters.

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