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Najib Razak’s appeal trial opened in Malaysia on Monday. The former Malaysian prime minister was sentenced to twelve years in prison for corruption in a massive scandal linked to the 1MDB sovereign fund.
Sentenced to twelve years in prison for corruption in the resounding 1MDB financial scandal, former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak appeared on Monday (April 5th) before the Malaysian Court of Appeal to challenge this sentence.
The Kuala Lumpur High Court also fined the 67-year-old former leader last summer € 42 million after finding him guilty of seven counts in the multibillion-dollar fraud. with planetary ramifications.
Najib Razak was accused of having, with his relatives, looted the sovereign fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), supposed to contribute to the economic development of Malaysia.
He was allowed to remain free on bail until the end of the appeal process.
Did Najib Razak ignore the transactions towards his accounts?
The ex-leader declined to comment upon his arrival Monday at the Malaysian Court of Appeal, which is in the administrative capital Putrajaya.
The first trial in the Kuala Lumpur High Court, which lasted sixteen months, involved the transfer of 8.4 million euros from SRC International, a fund entity, to the bank accounts of Najib Razak.
The latter had systematically rejected all the accusations and declared that he ignored the transactions carried out by SRC. But the judge found him guilty of all seven counts of abuse of power, breach of trust and money laundering.
His lawyers will develop during his appeal trial, which will last until April 22, the thesis according to which Najib Razak had no knowledge of the transactions towards his accounts.
Malaysian financier nowhere to be found
His lawyers presented the former prime minister as a victim, pointing to Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho as the main culprit and “mastermind” of the looting.
Also nicknamed Jho Low, the man sued in Malaysia and the United States, remains untraceable, but has protested his innocence through his lawyers.
If he loses his appeal, Najib Razak will still be able to seize the highest Malaysian court.