The top court also denied Najib Razak’s request for a stay of 12-year sentence.
Malaysia’s top court has upheld former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s conviction and 12-year jail sentence in a corruption case linked to the looting of the 1MDB state fund.
Najib’s loss in his final appeal means he will have to begin serving his sentence immediately, becoming the first former prime minister to be jailed.
The five-member Federal Court panel on Tuesday said it unanimously found the high court judge was right in his judgement and that Najib’s appeal was “devoid of any merits”.
“We find the appeal devoid of any merits. We find the conviction and sentence to be safe,” Chief Justice Maimun Tuan Mat said.