Friday, September 11, 2020

Remorseless Najib Razak

Trial judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali (left) in his written judgment made available on Tuesday said the shameless Najib Razak did not express any remorse after he was found guilty of seven counts of corruption in relation to RM42 million belonging to SRC International. 

“What this court seeks to affirm is the sanctity of the rule of law and the supremacy of the Constitution. No one – not even one who was the most powerful political figure and the leader of the country – enjoys a cloak of invincibility from the force of the law”, he had said. 

Nazlan described Najib’s conviction on all seven charges of abuse of position, criminal breach of trust and money laundering constituted nothing less than an absolute betrayal of trust. 

For this reason, he said he considered the conviction for abuse of position under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act as the most serious transgression among the three given his position of trust as the prime minister and finance minister when the offences were committed. 

He noted all the offences for which the accused was convicted manifestly involved deliberate planning and premeditation over a period of time. 

Najib (left) was sentenced to 12 years’ jail and fined RM210 million for abuse of power and 10 years on each of the three counts of criminal breach of trust and money laundering. 

The judge, however, ordered the jail terms to run concurrently, which means Najib will serve 12 years in jail. Nazlan allowed the application by the defence to stay the jail sentence in view of the hefty fine imposed. 

Of course, Najib filed an appeal in the Court of Appeal while the prosecution has cross-appealed on inadequacy of sentence. 

I guess I will have to wait for some time before I can see him hauled off to prison.

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