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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia's Najib to be jailed for 12 years after 1MDB conviction

Ex-PM found guilty on first 7 charges as nation braces for political fallout

Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on July 28.   © AFP/Jiji

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak is due to spend 12 years in prison, after being found guilty on Tuesday in his first corruption trial stemming from the multibillion-dollar 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal.

The Malaysian High Court convicted Najib on seven out of seven counts in connection with funds misappropriated from a subsidiary of the now-defunct state fund. The former leader, wearing a beige suit, listened calmly as Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali explained his decisions on a charge of abuse of power, three counts of criminal breach of trust and three charges of money laundering.

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