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It is way too early to celebrate Najib's historic corruption sentence

Former PM's court appeal raises fears that convictions could be overturned

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Many ethnic Malays view Najib as a necessary bulwark against minority rule.   © NurPhoto/Getty Images

Binaifer Nowrojee is regional director for Asia Pacific at Open Society Foundations, the world's largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.

On the face of it, last week's guilty verdict against former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is a victory for clean government everywhere. A symbol of the graft that has dogged Malaysia for decades, it brings hope that a Malaysian court had the courage to sentence Najib to 12 years in prison.

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