Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak is interesting final yr’s conviction on costs of stealing a whole bunch of hundreds of thousands of {dollars}. And he’s preventing related costs in 4 extra trials. However there may be one violation he freely admits: breaking a coronavirus rule in a restaurant.

“I confess,” he wrote on his Facebook page on Friday. “I settle for each criticism and perception.”

Mr. Najib’s infraction occurred when he went to eat on the Chee Meng Rooster Rice Store in Kuala Lumpur however didn’t register with a cellphone app, as required, on arrival. He known as it an “unintended mistake.”

A video extensively shared on social media confirmed him and his entourage casually strolling into the restaurant.

He inspired the authorities to difficulty the suitable tremendous of about $365, and mentioned he would make the most of an “early-bird” particular supplied by the federal government. If he pays the tremendous inside seven days, he famous, he would get a 50 % low cost.

“The police will name me,” he mentioned in one other submit on Saturday. “I’m going to cooperate.”

Due to the scandal over lacking cash from the federal government funding fund, 1Malyasia Development Berhad or 1MDB, Mr. Najib’s ruling coalition lost its grip on power within the 2018 elections for the primary time since independence in 1957. He was ousted as prime minister however re-elected to Parliament by his district.

He has been accused of siphoning off a minimum of $4.5 billion from the fund, which he created and oversaw. Much of the money is alleged to have ended up in his private again account and within the possession of members of the family.

In July, he was found guilty on seven corruption counts and sentenced to as much as 12 years in jail. He was additionally fined practically $50 million.

In October, one in every of his trials recessed for 2 weeks as a result of Mr. Najib was required to enter quarantine after touring to the state of Sabah, a coronavirus scorching spot on the time. He faces greater than two dozen corruption costs in that trial.

Mr. Najib, who’s making an attempt to revive his repute, seemed to be utilizing the incident on the hen rice store as a approach of highlighting the particular remedy obtained by different high-ranking officers who’ve violated coronavirus laws with out penalties.

“No double customary in my case,” he mentioned. “Different individuals, different events, ministers I don’t know.”