Former Malaysian Prime Minister Loses Appeal of 1MDB Conviction

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak lost an appeal against his conviction last year on charges related to his role in one of the world’s largest financial scandals, dealing a setback to the disgraced ex-leader amid a resurgence of his political clout, the Wall Street Journal reported. Malaysia’s appellate court struck down the appeal on Wednesday, upholding Mr. Najib’s conviction last year on all seven of the charges in question, including abuse of power, money laundering and criminal breach of trust. Justice Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil said the court’s three-member bench was unanimous in its decision. “There is no error in the judgment of the High Court,” Mr. Abdul Karim said at a hearing held on the virtual-conference platform Zoom, referring to the body that convicted Mr. Najib. He called Mr. Najib’s actions a “national embarrassment.” The appeals court granted a request by Mr. Najib’s lawyers to stay his sentence as they submit a final appeal to Malaysia’s Federal Court, the country’s highest judicial authority. Mr. Najib is to remain free on bail throughout the appeal, which could take months or years, during which he will still be eligible to hold public office. Mr. Najib is currently a member of parliament. Read more.