Facts and remarks on Najib’s conviction

Judge Mohd Nazlan says all roads lead to Rome and in this case, it leads to Riyadh


AS FORMER Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Mohd Najib’s (picture) SRC International Sdn Bhd trial and verdicts were passed yesterday, here are a few statements by Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali that made a strong impression or piqued curiosity throughout yesterday.

On the approval of Retirement Fund Inc (KWAP) loans of RM2 billion each to SRC: “The accused is the ultimate boss according to a former KWAP CEO, and that the accused had acted outside the limits of permissible conduct.”

On the involvement of Low Taek Jho (Jho Low): “The defence’s evidence did not diminish, but enhance the perception of the accused’s overarching influence with Jho Low, (former SRC CEO) Nik Faisal (Ariff Kamil) and (1Malaysia Development Bhd ED or 1MDB) Terence Geh.”

On the accounts: “The accused did not take any immediate remedial action for the RM42 million. When Najib knew the funds came from SRC and were not a donation, he should have taken action to return it.”

On questions regarding Najib’s signatures: “Who would have the audacity to forge the PM’s signature? The investigating officer said Najib did not deny his signature on the documents shown to him before he was charged.”

On the RM42 million that was channelled into Najib’s account: “The argument of the accused is that he believed it was an Arab donation. However, King Abdullah (Abdulaziz Al Saud) did not articulate the form of support or donation to Malaysia. It is common for any leader to voice support for any leader.”

On the sentencing: “For Section 23, the jail term is 12 years and the fine is five times the value of gratification. For the three CBT (criminal breach of trust) charges, I sentence Najib to a jail term of 10 years for each charge. For the AMLATFPUAA (Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act), the jail term is 10 years for each charge with no fine. All the sentences are to be served concurrently. If Najib cannot pay the RM210 million fine, he will be subject to an additional five years’ jail time.”