Kuala Lumpur | The ex-malaysian Prime minister Najib Razak was found guilty Tuesday of all charges in his first trial for the resounding corruption scandal 1MDB.
“After consideration of all the evidence in this trial, I consider that the prosecution has substantiated its case with success,” said Mohamad Nazlan Mohamad Ghazali, a judge of the High court of Kuala Lumpur.
Najib Razak, who faces several years in prison, and his family are accused of having plundered the sovereign fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which is supposed to contribute to the economic development of Malaysia, in a fraud of billions of dollars in ramifications of the planetary.
A portion of the misappropriated funds would be well served to finance the film The Wolf of Wall Street with Leonardo DiCaprio, while the bank Goldman Sachs has been splashed by the case.
The anger of Malaysians against this looting has played a major role in the defeat of the electoral surprise in 2018 of the coalition led by Najib Razak, who headed the government since 2009.
The verdict, however, is a test of the strength of the rule of law in Malaysia, while the party of Najib Razak returned to power in march after the fall of a coalition reform. Some fear that the alternation does not affect the outcome of the trial.
A large crowd of supporters of Najib was waiting for him Tuesday morning on his arrival at court, many wearing red, the color of his party, the UMNO (United unified national malaise).
In a message on Facebook, the ex-Prime minister, who has always denied any wrongdoing in the case, had said on Monday evening that the two years since his ouster from power had been years of darkness and that he was ready for the verdict.
“I want justice. I want to restore my reputation, ” he said adding that he would appeal in case of unfavorable decision.
The ex-leader 67-year-old is at the center of three separate lawsuits related to the fund 1MDB.
This first trial, which began 16 months ago, was on the transfer of 42 million ringgit ($9.9 million) of SRC International, an entity of the funds, to the bank accounts of the person responsible.
Najib Razak was on trial for abuse of power, abuse of trust and money laundering.