Former Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has been sentenced to seven years in prison

Former Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has been sentenced to seven years in prison

The High Court of Malaysia delivered this verdict on Thursday, November 9th, after the Member of Parliament for Muar was found guilty of corruption.

The former minister was also sentenced to three years in prison for criminal breach of trust, and he will receive one stroke of the cane for this offense.

"Syed Saddiq has also been sentenced to two years in prison for misappropriation of assets and one stroke of the rotan (cane)," the judge stated.

Syed Saddiq was imprisoned for two years and fined 5 million ringgit for each money laundering charge. The prison sentences are to be served concurrently.

Judge Azhar Abdul Hamid allowed the execution of the sentences and fines to be postponed pending Syed Saddiq's appeal.

Syed Saddiq was found guilty on Thursday on four charges related to criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of property, and money laundering involving his political party, Bersatu, in a trial that began on June 21, 2022. Thirty prosecution witnesses testified during the trial, including Syed Saddiq's father, Sharifah Mahani Syed Abdul Aziz, former Treasury Assistant Accountant Armada Rafik Hakim Razali, and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission investigators Nurul Hidayah Kamarudin, Syahmezie Sulong, and Asbi Munip.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy Public Prosecutors Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin and Mohd Afif Ali, while the accused were represented by lawyers Gobind Singh Deo and Hajjan Omar.

PLANS TO APPEAL Syed Saddiq stated on Thursday that he respects the High Court's decision to find him guilty of corruption but will file an appeal as he believes he can clear his name.

"I have discussed this with my lawyers, and we have all the grounds to appeal. I have to put my trust in the court. The judiciary is the final bastion, so we must respect it," said the Muar MP.

Syed Saddiq stated that the court is the best place to clear his name. "I am not here to demean this institution. I am a Malaysian, so I should be assessed like any other Malaysian."

Syed Saddiq's lawyer, Gobind Singh Deo, said he would file the appeal later on Thursday.

The former minister also announced that he would hold a press conference on Thursday evening regarding the leadership of his political party, Muda.