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15 Best Twitter reactions to Najib being found guilty on all 7 charges in the SRC Trial

15 Best Twitter reactions to Najib being found guilty on all 7 charges in the SRC Trial

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Text: Rachel Au


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Former Prime Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been found guilty today on all seven charges involving the high-profile 1MDB scandal. Here's how the Internet reacted

In the latest turn of events involving former Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal, a verdict has been given. The High Court today has found Najib guilty on all seven charges: "one count of abuse of power, three counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT), and three counts of money laundering, all involving RM42mil misappropriated from SRC International Sdn Bhd, a 1MDB subsidiary."

The Star reports that he faces:

  • imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine for the abuse of power charge
  • up to 20 years' prison, whipping and a fine for the three CBT charges
  • up to 15 years in jail and a fine for the money laundering charges.

Not long after the High Court ruled the above, however, Najib's defence representative and lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah asked the court to delay sentencing procedures. High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali wasn't convinced of the need and ordered them to submit proof of their argument when court resumes at 2pm (currently in session).

EDIT, 29 July 2020:

The verdict from yesterday's trial ended with Justice Nazlan sentencing Najib to:

  • 12 years' jail and RM210mil fine for one court of power abuse
  • 10 years' jail for each of the charges
  • Another 10 years' jail for each of the three counts of money laundering

The court also ordered for the jail time to run concurrently and allowed Shafee's application for a stay of execution on both jail time and fine. Najib is expected to pay a total of RM2million by today (it was originally set at RM1million), and will need to report to the nearest police station twice a month.

The former Prime Minister's next step is to file an appeal at the Court of Appeal. Until then, he is permissible to still carry out his duties as Pekan MP until the appeal process is completed, as well as attend Dewan Rakyat meetings (which end on August 27).

If his appeal there fails, he has a choice to take it to the Federal Court. But if his case is still going on, Najib will not be able to contest in the next general election should it be held at the same time. According to this article on The Star, "Article 48(3) stated upon being disqualified, the person would not be able to run for office to be an MP for a period of five years from the date of his sentence."

 

Meanwhile, we rounded up some of the best Twitter reactions about the ruling:

 

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