Najib Heads to Jail, Finally

Najib Heads to Jail, Finally

Tom Wright

Seven years after we wrote about Najib Razak, Malaysia's former prime minister, receiving $681 million of state funds into his personal bank accounts, he's finally going to jail.

Today, a Federal Court panel headed by Malaysia's chief justice, Maimum Tuan Mat, upheld the High Court's conviction of Najib in 2020. He will go to jail today to start serving a 12-year term for charges that included money laundering.

Will Najib do the full 12 years in jail? It's unlikely, as he can still get a royal pardon in the future.

But Malaysia's system has held. (We called it right!)

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