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    i can't help feeling, perhaps wrongly, that the Brooks family were a positive influence as they worked with the indigenous peoples rather than marginalising them. By the time of WW2 they were an anachronism and had to go.

    As you say, nice people.

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    Finally the truth comes out . . . Najib is just a nice and charitable man . . . after being sentenced to 12 years in jail . . . it turns out he was simply a victim of his good heart

    Najib reiterates innocence after 1MDB verdict, says money was spent on orphans and ‘welfare programmes’


    KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysia prime minister Najib Razak has reiterated his innocence after a guilty verdict in his first 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial, claiming that a majority of the money that he was accused of misappropriating was used for welfare activities.
    In a video posted on his Facebook page on Monday night (Aug 3), Najib said that 99 per cent of the money was spent on corporate social responsibility activities.

    “It was not for personal expenses or for my own comfort. As I said before, the court themselves verified that the money was not used for personal use. My contribution of RM400,000 (US$94,856) to Rumah Penyayang Tun Abdul Razak (orphanage) in Pekan was to look after orphans and their schooling expenses. For that, I was punished and fined RM2 million, because I contributed for orphans.

    “I was also fined RM3.25 million because I had donated RM650,000 to UMNO (United Malays National Organisation) in Johor, Penang and Kedah for their welfare programmes," he said.
    Under the law, those convicted of money laundering will face a maximum of 15 years jail and a fine of RM5 million, or five times the amount, whichever is higher, for each charge.


    Najib stated that there were many examples where he spent money not for himself, but for the party and the people.
    He said that his charitable acts had resulted in broad support among the grassroots.
    “I swear I will fight against this injustice and I will make full use of the appeal process,” he said in the video.


    On Jul 28, Najib was sentenced to 12 years in jail and fined RM210 million following a guilty verdict in his first corruption trial involving millions of ringgit linked to state fund 1MDB.
    The charges include abuse of power, money laundering and criminal breach of trust.
    High Court judge Mohamad Nazlan Mohamad Ghazali said when reading the judgment: “I find that the prosecution has successfully proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt. I therefore find the accused guilty and convict the accused on all seven charges."
    The charges against Najib, who served as prime minister from 2009 to 2018, involved the transfer of RM42 million from former 1MDB unit SRC International into his personal bank accounts in 2014 and 2015.

    He was charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust, three counts of money laundering and one count of abuse of power.
    For each count of criminal breach of trust, Najib was sentenced to 10 years' jail; for each count of money laundering, 10 years.

    For abuse of power, the judge handed out a sentence of 12 years' jail and a RM210 million fine. If Najib fails to pay the fine, a five-year jail sentence will be served in lieu.

    Following mitigation, Najib managed to secure a stay of execution pending appeal. He however had to pay an additional RM1 million in bail with two sureties and was ordered to be present at his nearest police station on the first and 15th day of every month.


    He has filed an appeal at the High Court, while maintaining that he had not asked for nor was offered the RM42 million as a bribe.
    His counsel Shafee Abdullah said that he hoped for the appeal process to take place within the next three months and added that should the appeal fail, he would bring the case to the Federal Court.
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    You were right and I was wrong about his positions for appeal. I thought there was one last avenue but after this appeal he still has the appeals court in the Federal Court.

    Thank you for pointing out my error.
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    He is a pontificating buffoon.

    The judge dealt with this "Robin Hood" defence and pointed out that he used the money not just for personal expenses but to enhance his political power i.e. his gratification. Disbursing money to grass roots UMNO to pass out among Malays voters is exactly how money politics works and kept him in power. He was not stealing from the rich to give to the poor, he was stealing from everyone and living the high life and getting votes by giving some to targeted voters and the party machine. His family and himself got very, very rich from this theft.

    The judge also dealt with the point about "not asking for a bribe", at some length. He set it all up and then a mystery benefactor just happened to give him the money, which he does not admit to questioning at any point, including fortuitously when his bank account was getting low and more appeared.

    His salary was RM22,800 per month as Prime Minister.

    If you tried to put in a tax return without mentioning a RM1 million gift, you would be crucified by LHDN. This buffoon never even filed for 600m or sent a thank you note to his supposed benefactor.

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    The Appelate Court can hear an appeal on legal or factual or legal and factual grounds. In practice Appelate Courts will not seek to overturn the factual decisions of the High Court or rehear it, the poor judge spent 2 years on the case, and will concentrate on procedural irregularities and legal points.

    Oh, and the Federal Court is not an appeals court, but it is the last place of appeal for High Court matters. It also has an original jurisdiction as it deals with constitutional matters, legality of legislation, conflicts between states in Malaysia etc.

    It is also different because you have no right to appeal to the Federal Court, you have to seek their permission first and they should be picky as to only accepting unique cases that seek to address an important point of law. if Najib does not raise a relevant point of law and it appears that the evidence supports the conviction, it is likely to result in a dismissal without being heard.

    How being a scumbag caught with your fingers in the till is an important point of law is unclear, but the Federal Court will probably allow it rather than be attacked for being anti-Malay elderly rich UMNO gentlemen with Robin Hood secret lives.

    The judges are a mixed bunch, many are women, some are not Malay but the Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat is both female and Malay. I remember Mary Lim from her time at the Construction Court, recently elevated to the Federal Court I hope she is not chosen to look at this matter.
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    ^ On a lighter note, I spent several weeks doing both consulting and training for the DRB HICOMM Uni in Pekan a few years ago. I stayed in Kuantan, of course, and had a driver for my time there. He was from Pekan and his name was . . . Najib.

    I had a good time telling people that Najib was my chauffeur. (In case the connection isn't clear, Pekan is Najib's constituency)

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