EFEBangkok Desk

A Malaysian court on Wednesday upheld former prime minister Najib Razak’s 12-year prison sentence for seven corruption charges linked to state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

In a virtual hearing, due to one of Najib's defence team contracting Covid-19, Malaysia's Court of Appeal unanimously rejected the appeal of the convictions handed down in the High Court in July last year.

A three-member panel, led by Judge Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil, affirmed that Najib misappropriated 42 million ringgits ($10 million) from SRC International, a subsidiary of the 1MDB state fund that he set up in 2009 and oversaw.

Najib, who faces several trials linked to the 1MDB scandal, had been found guilty of one count of abuse of power, three counts of criminal breach of trust and three counts of money laundering.