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SRC appeal verdict clears name of trial judge, says prosecution

The facts speak for themselves, says deputy public prosecutor V Sithambaram.

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Deputy public prosecutor V Sithambaram today said that the Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold Najib Razak’s conviction and sentence in the SRC International case had cleared the name of trial judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.

He said the three-man bench had agreed with the decision of the High Court judge who found Najib guilty of seven counts of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power last year.

“Today’s finding completely exonerated him of any wrongdoing,” Sithambaram said after the decision was read in Putrajaya. “The way he arrived at the decision and the way he gave the sentence.

“We are happy that the view taken by the prosecution proved correct with no other motives as claimed before that we suppressed evidence.”

The three-man panel led by Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil who sat with Has Zanah Mehat and Vazeer Alam Mydin had unanimously agreed to uphold the former prime minister’s conviction and sentence for all seven charges.

Najib had previously applied to introduce new evidence in his appeal, but his application was rejected by the appeals court yesterday.

Sithambaram said today’s decision showed that there were no political games behind the High Court’s decision last year.

“No politics there, only cold hard facts,” he said.

“We interpreted and represented the facts reasonably. Today was just a summary.

“Two courts and four judges have looked at the case and found that the evidence presented against Najib is justified. I think the facts speak for themselves,” he added.

Najib was sentenced to 12 years in jail and fined RM210 million for the seven charges involving RM42 million from SRC International.

He succeeded today in obtaining a stay of execution pending further appeal at the Federal Court.

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