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The guilty verdict against former Prime Minister Najib Razak in the first of the 1MDB trials could strengthen the current government’s hand after months of political turmoil.

Najib faces at least 12 years in prison after the High Court on Tuesday found him guilty of all seven charges in a case involving millions he received from a former unit of troubled state fund 1MDB. He’s out on bail and his lawyer said he would appeal the ruling, but a criminal conviction would complicate any efforts by Najib to seek office again.

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