Malaysia: Najib reiterates innocence after 1MDB verdict, says money was spent on orphans and ‘welfare programmes’

Former Malaysia prime minister Najib Razak has reiterated his innocence after a guilty verdict in his first 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial, claiming that a majority of the money that he was accused of misappropriating was used for welfare activities.

In a video posted on his Facebook page on Monday night (Aug 3), Najib said that 99 percent of the money was spent on corporate social responsibility activities.

“It was not for personal expenses or for my own comfort. As I said before, the court themselves verified that the money was not used for personal use. My contribution of RM400,000 (US$94,856) to Rumah Penyayang Tun Abdul Razak (orphanage) in Pekan was to look after orphans and their schooling expenses. For that, I was punished and fined RM2 million, because I contributed to orphans.

The original full article can be found at channelnewsasia.com

(Picture: REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng)

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