July 26, 2020 1:40 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will be the focal point on Tuesday when High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali delivers his verdict in Najib Razak’s trial on the RM42 million corruption charges relating to SRC International Sdn Bhd.
Najib, 67, is the first former prime minister to be charged for a criminal offence. He gave evidence under oath for about 10 days to rebut the prosecution’s case.
Najib, who is Pekan MP, will be acquitted if Nazlan finds the defence has created a doubt in the prosecution’s case.
The judge will convict Najib in the event he finds the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.
Once found guilty, Najib’s status changes from innocent person to a convict, and the right to bail pending appeal is not automatic as he has to show special circumstances.
This was also in the case of Anwar Ibrahim who was found guilty of abuse of power and sodomy by the High Court about 20 years.
He failed in the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court to get bail.
Najib could remain MP should he file an appeal on conviction and sentence as the Federal Constitution provides for such circumstances.
However, he has to settle the fine imposed by the court.