Malaysia’s Najib Razak Granted Bail after Pleading not Guilty

Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested on last Tuesday and charged with “three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of abuse of power as part of an investigation into a scandal-mired state fund” on Wednesday.

Malaysian anti-graft commission arrested this former Prime Minister over the allegations that he pocketed millions of dollars in his personal bank account from a former unit of 1Malaysia Development Berhad also known as 1MDB.

A prerecorded message from Najib Razak was posted on Twitter after his arrest where he said all the accusations against him and his family are not true.

In the outset of the video message, this former PM said, “If you hear this message, action has been taken against me.”

“Let investigations be carried out. I have not had a chance to defend myself,” he added with the allegations that rumors and fake news stagnated his tenure his prime minister.

Confessing his weaknesses as a ‘human being’, Najib said: “I have done my best, but I realized it is not enough. I admit there are many weaknesses … as a normal human being, I am not perfect but believe me, that the accusations against me and my family are not all true.”

“I will face it with perseverance. Truly, Allah knows,” Najib Razak added.

A spokesman for Najib claimed after the arrest was carried out that all the allegations were “politically motivated and the result of political vengeance” by the ruling coalition.

He said the allegations against this former prime minister of Malaysia will be contested.

Meanwhile, in late June, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told Reuters that the investigators have “almost a perfect case” against the former Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Mr. Mahathir said Najib was “totally responsible for 1MDB. Nothing can be done without his signature, and we have his signature on all the deals entered into by 1MDB. Therefore, he is responsible.”

Lim Guan Eng, Malaysia’s newly appointed Finance Minister recently described 1MDB as the “worst corruption scandal ever in Malaysian history.”

Najib was “totally responsible for 1MDB. Nothing can be done without his signature, and we have his signature on all the deals entered into by 1MDB. Therefore, he is responsible,” said Mahathir Mohamad. 

In his interview with Reuters, Mahathir said the charges Najib is likely to face in court are “embezzlement, stealing government money, losing government money and a number of other charges. Using government money to bribe. All those things.”

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad added: “When we go to the courts, we will have clear evidence of the wrongdoing. We cannot afford to lose.”

Najib Released on Bail

Malaysia’s disgraced former Prime Minister Najib Razak, however, has been released on bail on Wednesday.

Najib’s lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah alleged the case against Najib as a media trial. “This nonsense must stop, this trial by media,” he added.

Speaking to the press after posting bail, Mr. Razak said, “I believe in my innocence. This is the best chance for me to clear my name after being accused and slandered so viciously.

“If that’s the price that I have to pay after serving the people for 42 years, so be it,” Najib Razak added.

Attorney General Tommy Thomas, on the other hand, said they have a strong case against Najib as he made his first appearance in the court as chief prosecutor.

Thomas said that the papers submitted by MACC led them to reach a conclusion “that we have a prima facie case which we get to prove in court.”


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