In dubio pro reo, sure, but the court has no doubts

Partyforumseasia: Probably the best and most important legacy of the British colonial past for Malaysia is the legal system and the judiciary. It has been watered down to a certain degree under the first premiership of Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and hollowed out even more under Najib Razak. But the fact that the latter has been convicted for abuse of position, criminal breach of trust, seven counts of corruption, and money laundering by the High Court is a sign of its independence vis-a-vis powerful political and financial interests in the country, as well as a continuing sectoral support for the fallen leader in the public opinion. Details of the judgement pronounced end of July by judge Mohd Nazlan Mhd Ghazali are part of a 801-page ground of judgement paper which is also part of the records brought to the Court of Appeal. Najib and his team of lawyers are appealing, and Najib continues to plead not guilty, despite the overwhelming evidence against him. He may be emboldened by the return of his party into the government coalition of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and a number of won by-elections, where he continues to campaign. The pictures show that he is not only getting older, but also show the stress of the years he is out of power. Details emerging about the extravagant lifestyle of his wife Rosmah Mansor are not helpful. A former aide just revealed that she gave him a monthly lumpsum of RM 100.000 (20.000 Euros) in cash for a team of cyber warriors to take care of her image in the social media. Her collections of luxury handbags and jewelry are legendary. The case management procedures for Najib’s appeal will start on 15 October, surprises are not excluded.

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