Malaysian prosecutors on Friday wrapped up their arguments in opposition to former premier Najib Razak’s last bid to overturn a 12-year jail sentence for corruption, saying he was conscious that he had obtained funds from an “illegal exercise.”
Najib’s legal professionals declined to current their case in court docket this week, citing inadequate time to arrange. That they had submitted written arguments earlier than the proceedings started.
It’s unclear how the Federal Courtroom will proceed when it resumes on Tuesday. It might probably both ship its verdict or set a brand new date for its resolution.
Najib, 69, was convicted in July 2020 by a decrease court docket for prison breach of belief, abuse of energy, and cash laundering for illegally receiving about $10 million from a former unit of state fund 1Malaysia Growth Berhad (1MDB).
Prosecutors have stated some $4.5 billion had been stolen from 1MDB – co-founded by Najib as premier in 2009 – in a wide-ranging scandal that has implicated officers and monetary establishments world wide.
An appellate court docket final yr upheld the responsible verdict in opposition to Najib however the former premier appealed once more to the Federal Courtroom, which started proceedings this week in what could be his last attraction.
Najib, who faces a number of trials over the allegations, has pleaded not responsible to all costs. His legal professionals have argued within the decrease courts that Najib was misled by 1MDB officers.
Najib “knew, or had purpose to consider or had affordable suspicion that the monies that he obtained in his financial institution accounts had been proceeds from an illegal exercise,” lead prosecutor V. Sithambaram advised the court docket.
Najib had changed his authorized workforce simply three weeks earlier than his attraction started on Monday.
After the prosecution wrapped up its arguments, Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat once more requested Najib’s lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik to start his submissions on Tuesday.
Najib and Hisyam declined to remark after the day’s proceedings.
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