Prosecution appeals to enhance Najib’s punishment in SRC case

Former prime minister Najib Razak was sentenced to 12 years’ jail and ordered to pay a RM210 million fine by the High Court on July 28.

PETALING JAYA: The prosecution has filed an appeal against the inadequacy of sentence imposed on Najib Razak, who was found guilty on seven counts of corruption in relation to RM42 million belonging to SRC International.

The Attorney-General’s Chambers’ appeal unit head Dusuki Mokhtar said the notice of appeal was filed last Friday.

“We filed an appeal with the Court of Appeal on the sentences for all seven convictions,” he said.

On July 28, the High Court sentenced the former prime minister to 12 years’ jail and ordered him to pay a RM210 million fine after finding him guilty of the charges.

Aggrieved parties are given 14 days to lodge their appeals against conviction and sentence, and today is the last day of filing for the SRC case.

Najib’s lawyers filed three notices of appeal on July 30 against his conviction and sentence, as he had been charged with three separate sets of offences for abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money laundering.

Trial judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali sentenced Najib to 12 years’ jail and fined him RM210 million, in default five years’ imprisonment for abuse of power.

The punishment under Section 24 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act is a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount of RM42 million.

Nazlan sentenced Najib to 10 years each on three counts of CBT.

The punishment under Section 409 of the Penal Code is a maximum jail term of 20 years, whipping and a fine.

Najib was also sentenced to 10 years each on three counts of money laundering totalling RM42 million.

The punishment under Section 4(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 is a maximum jail term of 15 years and the return of five times the RM42 million.

Nazlan, however, ordered the jail terms to run concurrently, which means Najib will serve 12 years in jail.

The offences were committed in Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur between 2011 and 2015.

The High Court has allowed Najib’s application to stay the jail sentence and fine as he managed to convince the court of the special circumstances for the exemption pending appeal.

However, Najib’s bail was raised from RM1 million to RM2 million in two sureties, which he posted on July 29.

The court also ordered Najib to report to the police station of his choice on the first and 15th of every month.