Malaysia’s Court of Appeal on Monday will start listening to a bid by former prime minister Najib Razak to put aside his conviction on corruption costs in a case linked to a multibillion-dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB.

Najib, who was voted out in a historic 2018 election, faces a number of trials over allegations that $4.5 billion was stolen from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a state fund he co-founded in 2009. He has plead not responsible to all costs.

Last yr, Najib was sentenced to 12 years in jail and a $50 million superb after being discovered responsible of prison breach of belief, abuse of energy and cash laundering for illegally receiving about $10 million from SRC International, a former 1MDB unit.

The sentences have been stayed pending an enchantment.

Defence attorneys are set to argue on Monday that the trial decide had erred in dismissing proof exhibiting that Najib was misled by Malaysian financier Jho Low and different 1MDB officers into believing that the funds in his account have been a donation from the Saudi royal household, in accordance with paperwork submitted to the courtroom forward of the listening to. 

Low, whose whereabouts is unknown, has denied wrongdoing.

“(Najib) had no knowledge of the 42 million ringgit transactions into his account or knowledge that the same were from the account of SRC,” the paperwork seen by Reuters mentioned.

Muhammad Farhan Muhammad Shafee, a lawyer for Najib, confirmed that the paperwork have been filed final month.

The courtroom has mounted 12 days between April 5 and 22 to listen to the enchantment.

Prosecutors have mentioned greater than $1 billion of 1MDB funds made its method into Najib’s private accounts, over which he faces a complete of 42 prison costs.

At least six international locations have opened investigations into 1MDB, in a globe-spanning scandal that has implicated high-level officers and main monetary establishments.

In latest months, Malaysia has recovered greater than $three billion from U.S. financial institution Goldman Sachs, audit agency Deloitte, and Malaysian banking group AmBank in separate offers to settle claims linked to 1MDB probes.

($1 = 4.1440 ringgit)

(Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; Editing by Martin Petty)


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