Najib SRC trial: day 4 starts



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TO LIVE | The fourth day of the criminal trial of former Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, involving SRC International Sdn Bhd, takes place at Kuala Lumpur High Court.

Malaysiakini brings you live reports of the proceedings.


MAIN FEATURES

  • Prosecution and defense teams arrive

Summary of the Najib SRC case RM42 million

Najib is facing 7 charges relating to RM42m involving SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1MDB.

  • 1 energy load abuse

  • 3 accusations of criminal breach of trust (CBT)

  • 3 money laundering charges


Najib enters the pier

9:45 – Najib enters the dock when the procedures begin.

He is seen sitting in the dock, holding the book he was reading.

Prosecution and defense teams arrive

9h32Najib enters the courtroom and sits in the public gallery. He begins to read a book and seems relaxed while waiting for the process to begin.

Also entering the courtroom is the defendant's main lawyer, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, and the rest of the defense team, who take their seats ahead.

Earlier, in a court separate from the Kuala Lumpur High Court, before Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan, Najib attended a mention of three counts of money laundering involving RM27 million from the funds of 1MDB's former subsidiary, SRC International Sdn Bhd.

9.25Attorney General Tommy Thomas enters the courtroom of Kuala Lumpur High Court Criminal 3 and sits with other members of the prosecution team.

9:05 a.m. – Najib arrives at the court complex in a Proton Perdana car with the TN 50 license plate.

As he leaves the vehicle, his supporters – most of whom are women – begin to pray for him.

Najib, who is dressed in a beige suit, joins the prayers before exiting the lobby and heading upstairs.

8:45 – Forty supporters of former Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of his Pekan constituency, Pahang, arrive at the Kuala Lumpur Courthouse. They say they left Pahang at 5 am today.


The fourth day of the criminal trial of former Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, involving RM42 million of SRC International Sdn Bhd funds, is due to begin at Kuala Lumpur High Court at 9 am today.

Najib is facing a trial on three counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) and an allegation of abuse of his position as then prime minister in connection with funds amounting to RM42 million linked to SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1MDB.

The 65-year-old politician, who was also finance minister and SRC International's emeritus adviser, also faces three counts of money laundering on the funds.

The three charges of CBT are established under Section 409 of the Criminal Code, the allegation of abuse of position is in accordance with Section 23 of the 2009 MACC Act and the three counts of money laundering are in accordance with Section 4 1) (b) Anti-Money. Money Laundering Act, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Illegal Activities (Amlatfa) 2001.

If convicted, the Pekan MP may be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison, whipped and fined for the charges of the CBT; a maximum of 20 years imprisonment and a fine not less than five times the amount of bribery involved or RM10,000, whichever is greater, for abuse of charge; and a term of imprisonment not exceeding 15 years, and fine up to RM15 million or five times the amount involved, whichever is greater, for the money laundering charges.

His case will be chaired by Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali, with the trial initiated this morning with the Najib defense team to interrogate the third witness of prosecution, analyst Mohammad Nizam Yahya of the Bank Negara Financial Intelligence Department.

On the third day of yesterday's trial, Nizam, 39, testified that he seized documents related to the three current accounts of SRC International's subsidiary, Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd, at Affin Bank Berhad in Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur, on July 6. 2015.

He said the seized documents include account opening forms, specimen signature forms, a list of authorized signatures, due diligence forms for all three accounts, as well as statements related to the opening of such accounts.

Yesterday, the second prosecution witness, Azizul Adzani Abdul Ghafar, a Bank Negara investigating officer, also told the court that between RM5 million and RM40 million were traded in accounts belonging to Najib, SRC International and its Gandingan Mentari Sdn Bhd unit in 24 December 2014, and February 13, 2015.

Azizul, 41, said this was seen in documents on the accounts of Najib and the two companies, which he confiscated from an Ambank branch in Jalan Raja Chulan on July 6, 2015.

The attacks on both commercial banks came four days after the international business daily Wall Street Journal reported that investigators believed that at least $ 700 million had been deposited into Najib's bank account.

Attorney General Tommy Thomas is expected to lead the DPP team of Sulaiman Abdullah, V Sithambaram, Manoj Kurup, Ishak Mohd Yusoff, Donald Joseph Franklin, Suhaimi Ibrahim, Muhammad Saifuddin Hashim Musaimi, Sulaiman Kho Kheng Fuei, Budiman Lutfi Mohamed, Mohd Ashraf Adrin Kamaril, Muhammad Izzat Fauzan and Mohd Ashraf Adrin Kamaril.

Najib will be represented by a 13-person defense team led by veteran criminal lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

Other members of the defense team are former Attorney General II Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden, Harvinderjit Singh, Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, Chong Loong Men, Devanandan S Subramaniam, Farhan Read, Wan Aizuddin Wan Mohammed, Rahmat Hazlan, Muhammad Farhan Shafee, Tiara Katrina Fuad Nur Nur Syahirah Hanapiah and Zahria Eleena Redza.

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