By Chew Lip Song
EX-PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak was today sentenced to 12 years’ jail and fined RM210 million on corruption, power abuse and money laundering charges, capping a trial that has captivated a nation with lurid details of the shenanigans in the corridors of power.
Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali delivered the sentence after Najib was found guilty this morning of abusing his power in receiving RM42 million in funds from SRC International in 2014 and 2015.
Mohd Nazlan has allowed for stay of execution pending appeal, meaning Najib did not have to stay behind bars or fork out the fine.
The ex-PM’s bail was also increased by RM1 million with two sureties and he had to report to the nearest police station on the 1st and 15th of every month.
Najib, who was also ex-Finance Minister was convicted earlier today of all seven charges – three counts of criminal breach of trust, three counts of money-laundering and one count of abuse of power.
Nazlan imposed a jail term of 10 years each for the three counts of money laundering, according to media reports.
For abuse of power, Najib is to serve a 12-year sentence and a RM210 million fine.
For money laundering, Nazlan sentenced Najib to a 10 years’ jail sentence. All jail sentences are to run concurrently, meaning Najib will have to serve only 12 years behind bars.