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Oct 31 fixed for Najib’s case management

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KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court fixed Oct 31 for case management of Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

This was after deputy public prosecutor Datuk Sulaiman Abdullah told the High Court that the prosecutio­n for former prime minister’s criminal charges wanted the trial to be heard at the Palace of Justice.

Sulaiman told the High Court that a letter would be send to Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim relating to the matter.

“This is due to the security concern and most of the documents are in Putrajaya. We also will be able to provide greater access to the public to follow the case,” he said before judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.

Sulaiman added it would also ease the proceeding as most of the witnesses are from Putrajaya.

Counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who represente­d Najib, did not object to the matter. Najib is facing seven charges involving power abuse, criminal breach of trust (CBT) and money laundering of SRC Internatio­nal Sdn Bhd funds amounting RM42 million.

Najib, 65, who was in the dock, looked calm, with his head bowed most of the time.

He entered the court room at 9.06am and when straight to the dock.

On July 4, Najib pleaded not guilty to three CBT charges and one count of abuse of power over funds totalling RM42 million belonging to SRC Internatio­nal Sdn Bhd.

On the first charge, Najib, as a public servant and agent, namely prime minister and finance minister, adviser emeritus of SRC Internatio­nal Sdn Bhd (SRC) and in those capacities entrusted with control of funds belonging to SRC totalling RM4 billion, had committed CBT involving a sum of RM27 million.

He was accused of committing the offence at AmIslamic Bank Berhad, Ambank Group Building, 55 Jalan Raja Chulan, here between Dec 24, 2014, and Dec 29, 2014, and charged under Section 409 of the Penal Code, which provides for a jail term of up to 20 years and whipping and also can be fined, if convicted.

On the second count, Najib was charged, that as prime minister and finance minister with control over SRC funds totalling RM4 billion, had committed CBT involving RM5 million at the same place and time.

On the third count, Najib, as prime minister and finance minister entrusted with SRC-owned funds of RM4 billion, was charged with committing CBT involving RM10 million at the same place between Feb 10, 2015, and March 2, 2015, according to the same section (of the Penal Code).

On the fourth count, Najib as a public official, namely prime minister and finance minister , used his position to commit bribery involving RM42 million when he participat­ed or was involved in a decision on behalf of the government, to provide government guarantees for loans from the Retirement Fund Incorporat­ed Fund to SRC Internatio­nal Sdn Bhd amounting to RM4 billion.

He is accused of committing the bribery at the Prime Minister's Office, Precinct 1, Putrajaya, between Aug 17, 2011 and Feb 8, 2012.

The charge framed under Section 23 of the Malaysian AntiCorrup­tion Commission Act 2009 punishable under Section 24 of the same Act, provides for a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine not less than five times the amount or value of the bribe or RM10,000 whichever is higher. if convicted.

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