KUCHING, July 29: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says the government respects the High Court’s guilty verdict against former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on seven charges of abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money laundering,
He called on Malaysians to continue to have faith in the independent judicial system, following the guilty verdict delivered in Najib’s case.
“Let us continue to have faith in the judicial system. I understand the feelings and sentiments you are experiencing but let me stress that the government will always uphold the rule of law,” Muhyiddin asserted in a four-paragraph statement issued after the High Court’s guilty verdict was meted against Najib yesterday.
He added that the government respects Najib’s right to appeal and asked for space for the legal process to take place to ensure justice is upheld.
Najib was sentenced to 12 years’ jail and fined RM210 million after he was found guilty of all seven charges in the first of his five trials relating to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
Yesterday, High Court Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali found Najib, 67, guilty of one count of abuse of power, three counts of criminal breach of trust and three counts of money laundering regarding the misappropriation of RM42 million from SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1MDB.
Meanwhile, Parliament Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun stated that Najib will remain as Pakan MP pending the latter’s appeal to the Court of Appeal and Federal Court. — DayakDaily