Former Malaysian youth minister and sports minister (MP) Syed Saddiq was sentenced to seven years in jail. The Malaysian High Court also ordered two lashes of the whip for him.
The court fined Syed 10 million ringgits which is approximately $2.1 million. There are several charges against him including misappropriating use of funds, criminal breach of trust (CBT), and money laundering.
Syed was the president of the Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda). Now he replaced with acting party president Amira Aisya after court charges.
Syed was the youngest ever to become a Malaysian minister by then-Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in 2018.
Court hearing on MP Syed Saddiq Courrption case
A court in Kuala Lumpur convicted the Muda chief guilty of stealing more than US$200,000 from a political party Muda. Syed Saddiq wiped tears as the verdict was read out.
On Thursday (Nov 9), High Court judge Justice Azhar Abdul Hamid handed down the sentence after finding Syed Saddiq guilty on all charges.
The court found Syed guilty on all counts of facilitating criminal breach of trust (CBT), misuse of funds, and money laundering. According to Justice Azhar Abdul’s judgment, the defense failed to create any reasonable doubt on the four allegations against him.
The court instructed Syed to enter his defense on October 28, last year. After the prosecution successfully established an initial case against him. The deputy public prosecutors Datuk Wan Shaharudin Wan Ladin and Mohd Afif Ali filed corruption cases against him.
He had charges of CBT and misuse of assets in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court. He had other two money laundering charges in the Johor Baru Sessions Court.
The Johor Baru Sessions Court then granted the prosecution’s request to transfer the case. So that all four charges could be tried together in Kuala Lumpur. So, the Kuala Lumpur court has now found him guilty and announced imprisonment and a fine for him.
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