Today’s verdict in the SRC International trial finding Najib Razak guilty of all seven charges of criminal breach of trust, abuse of power and money laundering is an important decision with far-reaching political implications.
The appeals court judges have upheld the exhaustive judgment of the High Court judge as well as the RM210m fine and 12-year jail term imposed on Najib.
Najib’s appeal to the Federal Court will probably take place next year. Meanwhile, he remains an MP but will not be able to contest in the general election.
The verdict sends a powerful message to the corrupt: no one is above the law and crime does not pay. The guilty verdict on a former prime minister shows no one is untouchable and no one can escape scot-free. It is a timely message given the state of corruption in the country, where many appear to be living beyond their means. Full statement on Aliran website