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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia's Najib headed to jail after losing final 1MDB appeal

Former PM complains of 'unfair judicial machinery' before 12-year sentence upheld

Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak arrives at the Federal Court in Putrajaya on Aug. 23.   © Reuters

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia -- Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak will begin a 12-year prison sentence after losing his final appeal against corruption convictions on Tuesday.

The country's apex court upheld earlier verdicts by lower courts, which had found the ex-leader guilty of corruption and abuse of power related to the defunct state wealth fund at the heart of one of the world's biggest financial scandals -- 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

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