Najib To Remain In Jail After Apex Court Denies His Bid To Review 12-Year Sentence

Najib Razak would have been released on bail if his application had been granted today, 31 March.

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The Federal Court today, 31 March, dismissed convicted former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak's application to review his conviction for stealing SRC International funds, a former subsidiary of 1MDB

A five-member bench led by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli ruled that Najib had been given a fair trial and that his application for leave to initiate the review should be rejected.

It was a majority four-against-one verdict, with Abdul Rahman making up the sole dissenting ruling.

The majority ruling was courtesy of the other bench members namely Federal Court judges Vernon Ong Lam Kiat, Rhodzariah Bujang, and Nordin Hassan as well as Court of Appeal judge Abu Bakar Jais.

If the apex court had accepted Najib's application today, he would have been released on bail pending a re-hearing

He will continue to serve his 12-year jail term in the RM42 million SRC International corruption case. As of today, Najib has spent 221 days inside Kajang Prison after he was jailed on 23 August 2022.

Read more about Najib's conviction case here:

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