Najib’s SRC Trial is postponed…

11 February 2019

Melissa Goh @MelGohCNA
The trial will begin as soon as possible once the appeal on the transfer procedure is heard and dealt with . Prosecution expects the delay to take no more than two weeks . It’s no one fault , says lawyer Dr Sithambaram .
Melissa Goh @MelGohCNA
JUST IN : The trial scheduled on Tuesday for ex pm Najib Razak has been postponed . The court of appeal three member panel has unanimously allowed the defence application for a stay twitter.com/melgohcna/stat…

10 February 2019

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Malay Mail @malaymail

Prosecution lines up nine witnesses to open Najib’s SRC trial

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10 — On Tuesday (February 12), as fixed earlier, the High Court here is scheduled to begin the hearing of cases involving former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who has been slapped with dozens of charges relating to money laundering, criminal breach of trust (CBT) and corruption.

Najib, the sixth prime minister of Malaysia, is the first (prime minister) to find himself in the dock of a court.

The court charges against Najib, 66, who was prime minister from April 2009 to May 2018, has drawn worldwide attention as his case has been described as “the worst kleptocracy scandal ever” and are mostly related to scandal-plagued 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Both the Malaysian public and the international community have been transfixed by the scandal.

As of Friday (February 8), Najib has been charged in court six times on 42 counts of criminal charges. The former Barisan Nasional chairman and former Umno president has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/02/10/prosecution-lines-up-nine-witnesses-to-open-najibs-src-trial/1721472?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=twitter

9 February 2019

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Malaysia Chronicle @MsiaChronicle
‘NAJIB HAS ENJOYED HIS FREEDOM LONG ENOUGH’: CIVIL SOCIETY OUTRAGED AT EX-PM’S BID TO DELAY TRIAL – 40 CHARGES TO GO & HE WANTS TO DELAY THE FIRST 7?

 

THE highly anticipated trial of former prime minister Najib Razak should not be further delayed as it is a case of public interest and stolen public funds, said civil society groups and a prominent lawyer.

They said millions of ringgit have gone missing and Najib has to account for it.

The former prime minister is scheduled to stand trial on Tuesday for laundering RM42 million from SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former subsidiary of state investor 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

But Najib is seeking to stay the trial for seven corruption charges. He wants the Court of Appeal to hold off the trial until a decision is made on a peripheral objection raised by the defence team.

Civil society groups said the trial should be expedited as Najib has enjoyed his freedom for a long time despite being slapped with 42 charges.

Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism executive director Cynthia Gabriel said although Najib has the right to the court process, he has been at liberty long enough considering the number of charges he is facing and the sum of money involved.

“For a former prime minister who was holding the highest public office and is facing over 40 charges of money laundering and abuse of power, he has enjoyed his freedom long enough,” Gabriel told The Malaysian Insight.
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On July 4 last year, Najib was charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of abusing his position in relation to SRC International. He was hit with three more charges of money laundering the following month.

The total amount of money involved in the seven charges is RM42 million.

Gabriel said the trial is already delayed and that does not look good on the justice system.

Faridah Ariffin, of the G25 group of prominent former civil servants, said the case needs to be expedited as it has been many months since Najib was charged.

“This is a public interest case. Malaysians have been waiting eagerly for this trial to proceed since Najib was indicted in the middle of last year and they are getting very impatient.

“Any delay is of course a waste of taxpayers’ money. I hope the judge will deal very firmly with any frivolous applications to delay the trial,” she said.

Faridah said Najib is making a mockery of the judicial system with his appeal for a stay.

From a legal perspective, however, Najib, like any accused person, has every right to file for a postponement, said lawyer Syahredzan Johan.

“In the end, it is up to the court whether to grant it or not,” he said.

“Najib has said that they want the trial to be expedited. Now when the trial is about to start, they don’t want it to start.

“People are going to ask why they (Najib’s team) want it postponed.

“The courts have to take into account all considerations and come to a decision. I would personally like to see the trial start as soon as possible.

“We don’t want to see a situation where the court sees that there is a need to stay the trial, but due to public pressure, it orders the trial to proceed.

“They have to be fair to the accused person, even if it is Najib.”

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/

https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=156176

TheMalaysianReserve @TMReserve
JUST IN: Chronology of Najib’s court cases

Chronology of Najib’s court cases
Until today, former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak  has been charged in court six times  with 42 counts of criminal charges. Following are the chronology of court cases filed against  Na…

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Chronology of Najib’s court cases

Until today, former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak  has been charged in court six times  with 42 counts of criminal charges.

Following are the chronology of court cases filed against  Najib, who is also Pekan Member of Parliament,

  • July 4, 2018 – Najib was charged for the first time in the Sessions Court here with three counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) and one charge of abusing his post over SRC International Sdn Bhd’s funds totalling RM42 million.
  • Aug 8, 2018 – Najib was charged with three counts of money laundering involving RM42 million in proceeds from unlawful activities with the money belonging to SRC International Sdn Bhd. He pleaded not guilty .
  • Sept 20, 2018 – Najib was brought back to the Sessions Court and charged with four counts of corruption amounting to RM2.282 billion of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds and 21 money laundering charges.
  • Oct 25, 2018 – Najib and former Treasury Secretary-General Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah claimed trial to six counts of CBT involving funds amounting to RM6,636,065,000, owned by the Malaysian government.
  • Dec 12, 2018, Najib pleaded not guilty to a charge of using his position by ordering the Final Audit Report on 1MDB to be amended before tabling it to the National Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to avoid any action against him, while 1MDB former chief executive officer Arul Kanda Kandasamy was charged with abetting Najib in making amendments to the report to protect Najib  from being subjected to disciplinary, civil or criminal action.
  • Feb 8, 2019 – Najib, 66, was charged in the Sessions Court  on three additional charges involving money laundering totaling RM47 million in 2014 and the court set March 8 for mention of the case.

For seven criminal charges involving SRC International’s fund, the High Court has set Feb 12 for trial.

However, Najib’s lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah is filing an appeal to stay the trial at the Court of Appeal on Monday.

This was after High Court  Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali rejected the defence’s application to stay  the trial pending disposal of Najib’s appeals.

Najib is appealing on his application for a gag order to prohibit the media from discussing merits of his criminal cases; his application for discovery of documents and statements; and his challenge on the appointment of lawyer Datuk Sulaiman Abdullah as the lead prosecutor in the case  which were dismissed by Mohd Nazlan.

On Feb 7, 2019, Najib filed another appeal in the Court of Appeal to reverse Mohd Nazlan’s ruling granting the public prosecutor to withdraw a certificate to transfer his seven charges over SRC International funds from the Sessions Court to  the High Court.

Sulaiman was appointed as Senior DDP by the Attorney General’s Chamber to lead the prosecution team to handle  Najib’s SRC International cases. Prominent criminal lawyer Datuk V.Sithambaram was also appointed to assist the prosecution team.

For the 25 charges involving RM2.282 billion of 1MDB funds, High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah  had set Feb 26 for further case management.

The trial has been fixed for 15 days from April 15 to May 3, 2019.

Former Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram has been appointed as Senior DPP to lead the prosecution team in the 1MDB case.

For the case involving Najib and Mohd Irwan Serigar, High Court Judge, Mohd Nazlan set 28 days from July 8 to Aug 22, 2019 for the trial, except on Friday.

On Jan 4, the Sessions Court  allowed the prosecution’s application to have a joint trial for the case involving Najib and Arul Kanda and fixed March 1 for mention.

— BERNAMA 

https://themalaysianreserve.com/2019/02/08/chronology-of-najibs-court-cases/

26 October 2018

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak has admitted today that he did not verify the source of the RM2.6 billion that ended up in his bank account, which had allegedly been siphoned from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

Speaking to Al Jazeera’s 101 East show, the former prime minister said he had assumed the money was “donations” connected to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud after the latter gave assurance of his support.

“The question is when I received the funds, was I aware of the source of the money or whether the source of the money is in dispute as to who owns the fund. Certainly, in my capacity, I would not have access to banking knowledge.

“Because whoever owns the fund is protected by the secrecy of the banking laws so when I received the funds, in all honesty, I thought it was a genuine donation and at that particular time, the knowledge that I had was based on a conversation with King Abdullah,” he told Al Jazeera reporter Mary Ann Jolley.
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A transcript of the interview was made available to Malay Mail. In the hour-long grilling, Najib lost his cool a couple of times.

The show will be aired on the news channel tomorrow at 11.30am Malaysian time.

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1687020/najib-admits-didnt-verify-source-of-rm2.6b-assumed-it-was-saudi-donation

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PETALING JAYA: The RM2.6bil donation allegedly received by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has nothing to do with the government of Saudi Arabia, says Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

According to Bernama, the Foreign Minister said this after he was informed over the matter by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Ahmed Al-Jubeir during the latter’s visit to Wisma Putra in Putrajaya on Friday (Oct 26).

Touching on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal and the RM2.6bil issue, Saifuddin said Adel ensured that the Saudi government would cooperate in the investigations regarding the two cases.

Saifuddin said Adel had earlier expressed the Saudi government’s stand when they met at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York last month.

“He (Adel) stated that the donation had nothing to do with the Saudi government. Today, he reiterated it,” Saifuddin said.

THE STAR

https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=141734

5 October 2018

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The Supporters of Najib and Rosmah

KUALA LUMPUR – Despite having endured at least five court dates, and nights in the custody of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak somehow manages to look fresh and enthusiastic during every courthouse visit.

However, the same cannot be said of his supporters, as a significant decrease in numbers can be seen.

Starting out with a healthy crowd of more than 100 people and almost always spearheaded by Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam, the supporters always managed to make their presence felt at the beginning of Najib’s arrest and court cases.
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Over the next few court dates, times when Najib was present to post bail and when he was handed 25 new criminal charges related to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), fresh and enthusiastic could no longer be used to describe his supporters.

Fast forward to today, the day of Najib’s case management and when wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor was charged with 17 counts of money laundering, and the number of supporters barely matched the number of charges Rosmah was slapped with.

The usual faces were there, Lokman and actress Elly Suriaty Omar, but without a horde of supporters behind them.

Only about 15 people were seen accompanying Lokman and Elly around the court complex today, as Najib and Rosmah’s proceedings were going on, outnumbered at least fivefold by media practitioners.

Najib’s RM42 million case has been postponed to October 13, while Rosmah’s case today will be mentioned on November 8.

– Malay Mail

https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=138486

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4 October 2018

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21 September 2018

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http://tefd.theedgemarkets.com/2018/TEP/20180921n854jf.pdf

20 September 2018

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KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Najib Razak was slapped with 25 charges at the Sessions Court here today in connection with the alleged transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars into his bank account from state investment fund 1MDB.

He was charged with 21 counts of money laundering for transferring illegal funds to his bank account and subsequently using it.

He was said to have received and used the illegal money during his term of office between 2011 and 2014.

He was also accused of abusing his power in another four charges under Section 23 (1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.

He was accused of misusing his position to obtain bribes of RM60.63 million, RM90.9 million, RM2.08 billion and RM49.93 million between February 2011 and December 2014.

For all four charges, he was said to have received the money before the 13th general election in 2013 and used it after.

It took 35 minutes to read the charges against him.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/09/20/najib-slapped-with-25-charges-over-1mdb-funds/

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Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak was taken to the police Commercial Crime Investigation Department headquarters at 9.20am today to facilitate the probe into the RM2.6 billion he allegedly received in his bank account.

Clad in a black suit and light blue inner shirt, Najib was escorted by MACC and police officers into the headquarters, located inside Menara 238 at Jalan Tun Razak.

He was brought from MACC headquarters in Putrajaya to be further questioned over alleged abuse of power while in office.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/443864#.W6L-aJKWBh8.twitter

19 September 2018

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THE LONELY 30 SUPPORTERS OF NAJIB…

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PUTRAJAYA: Over 30 supporters of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak gathered outside the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) headquarters here since 8pm as a show of solidarity and protest against his detention.

Pemantau Malaysia Baru president Datuk Lokman Noor Adam said he condemned and strongly objection MACC’s action which he said was seen as a tool used by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s regime.

He said the non-governmental organisation also slammed the commission’s official statement that defended Najib’s detention under Section 23(1) of MACC Act 2009 after given the go-ahead by the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

“What baffled us was the statement by the Attorney-General in news portal Malaysiakini who said he could not take further action as he had yet to receive the investigation papers (regarding the case).

“This clearly showed that MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull had acted on Dr Mahathir’s instruction,” he said in his speech during the assembly.

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/09/413052/najibs-supporters-gather-macc-heaquarters

 

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Tonight in jail. Maybe tomorrow night as well….

PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has been arrested in connection with the deposit of RM2.6bil of 1MDB funds into his personal account.

In a statement, the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) said the arrest was made at 4.13pm at its headquarters in Putrajaya on Wednesday (Sept 19).

The MACC said that the former prime minister will be detained overnight and brought to court to face several charges under Section 23 (1) of the MACC Act at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court at 3pm on Thursday (Sept 20).

The MACC will also cooperate with the police to record Najib’s statement before he is taken to court tomorrow.

” This is to help their investigations under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001,” it said.

Meanwhile, Malaysiakini reports that Najib’ daughter, Nooryana Najwa, is worried that her father may end up spending an extra night in detention due to his late court proceedings, which is set at 3pm on Thursday (Sept 20).

“They are fixing the hearing for 3pm. When bail is granted, the court registry and banks would be closed. So we will not be able to post bail. This is very obvious.

“Therefore, he might have to spend an extra night in detention until bail is posted,” she reportedly told the news portal.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/09/19/najib-arrested-by-macc-to-be-charged-sept20/#rSEK6q5g55B8tiWH.99


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17 September 2018

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The letters that Najib Abdul Razak produced as proof that the multi-billion ringgit deposits he received were a ‘donation’ were not signed by the Saudi prince named within, according to a report in The Edge Weekly today.

Last week, the former prime minister uploaded a letter dated Feb 1, 2011, signed by Prince “Saud Abdulaziz Al-Saud” onto his Facebook page.

According to The Edge Weekly report, however, this and two other letters were actually prepared and signed by a man named Mohammad Abdullah Al-Koman, who claimed to be a representative of Prince Abdulaziz Majid Al-Saud.

“Mohammad Abdullah told investigators that he was the person who prepared the letters and signed all of them on behalf of the prince,” said the report, adding that he could not provide more information regarding the billions transferred to Najib because it involved “the interests of the Saudi royal family”.

“In other words, Mohammad Abdullah told Malaysian investigators that they had to take his word that it came from the Saudi royalty.

“Sources say after the meeting with Mohammad Abdullah, investigators concluded that ‘it was not safe to confirm the money from Blackstone (Asia Real Estate Partners) and Tanore (Finance Corporation) were contributions from Saudi Arabia, because it was still unclear and there was a lack of supporting documents’.”

Mohammad Abdullah also claimed that Eric Tan Kim Loong, the beneficiary owner of both Blackstone and Tanore, was a “trusted associate”.

Tan has been described as a close associate of businessperson Low Taek Jho, a key figure in the 1MDB scandal. Low is also believed to have used Tan’s name as an alias.

The US Department of Justice in its civil forfeiture suit filings had established that Blackstone and Tanore’s funds originated from 1MDB.

The report said in total, there were three similarly worded letters bearing the name  ‘Saud Abdulaziz Al-Saud’. Each preceded a series of deposits to Najib’ bank account, which is detailed here.

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Back in August 2015, then Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi declared that he has met the wealthy Arab family who had donated the US$681 million (RM2.6 billion) that was channelled into then Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal account. Mr. Najib has consistently claimed that the RM2.6 billion discovered in private bank account was “donations.”

Widely reported by foreign news, Mr. Zahid said the “king and prince”, whom he did not name, had donated the money because of Malaysia’s commitment in fighting terrorism, and being a moderate Muslim country with a plural society. He also claimed that the Arab family was impressed by how Malaysia, with its plural society, still managed to remain moderate without sidelining any other religions.

Zahid, who was then vice-president of UMNO, proudly told all and sundry at a meeting with Kepong UMNO division that the donors were “Arab king and prince”, and that the royal family had decided to make the huge donation due to Najib’s anti-Jewish stance. He also said the donors wanted to keep UMNO and the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition in power.

More importantly, Mr. Zahid, who is now UMNO president, said he saw with his own eyes the cheque made under his boss Najib’s name – “I saw the documents myself – the original documents, not photostated ones, and I also saw the money trail. I obtained the information accurately and did not add or minus the facts. The conspiracy to topple the government would take place if not stopped.”

He even assured the people that the donation was 100% from the Arab family and not from the Retirement Fund Inc. (KWAP) or 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). That was 3 years ago in 2015. Of course, the liar and corrupt Zahid Hamidi has a different story today, after himself was grilled by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over his donor story.

When Zahid emerged from his 8-hour questioning by the anti-corruption commission yesterday, he sang a different tune. In a short press conference, he told reporters about “wakil” (representative)” of the Arab family, not “Arab king and prince”, as he had claimed three years ago. He didn’t brag about the documents or cheque of the so-called donations yesterday.

This means Zahid has been lying about meeting the “Arab king and prince” donors. But it could also mean that he had indeed met the Arab royal family, and somehow lost the documents or cheque as proof. Still, he could easily offer himself as a witness to prove that the RM2.6 billion found in Najib’s private bank account was actually donations. But he didn’t.

However, why should Zahid Hamidi rescue his former boss now that he has become the president of UMNO? Even if the US$700 million donation story sticks, the criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving RM42 million of SRC International Sdn Bhd and the US$4.5 billion misappropriation from 1MDB found by the U.S.-DOJ would be too hard to fight.

Regardless whether Zahid has lied or not about meeting the “Arab king and prince”, Najib can forget about depending on his former deputy as potential witness. The newly crowned UMNO president has decided to throw Najib under the bus to save himself instead from being prosecuted by the MACC. Najib should start getting advice from Anwar Ibrahim on tips about prison lifestyle.

Source :Finance Twitter 

https://thecoverage.my/news/najib-loses-vital-witness-traitor-zahid-hamidi-changes-arab-donor-story-8-hour-questioning-macc/

15 September 2018

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10 August 2018

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Malaysia’s former PM Najib Razak to go on trial on Feb 12; application for gag order on media dismissed

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Malaysia’s High Court on Friday (Aug 10) dismissed an application by former prime minister Najib Razak for a gag order on the media, prohibiting it from discussing the merits of the criminal cases against him.

In his decision, Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali said the application was unsustainable, as there are existing laws available.

“Those who overstep (in reporting) risk action being taken – such as contempt of court – and these remedies are readily available,” he said.

The judge, in his assessment, said that the applicant had fallen short of establishing his case.

Najib’s lead counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah informed the court that the defence would be filing an appeal next Monday (Aug 13) against the High Court’s decision.

The defence and prosecution took an entire day in court for submissions.

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysias-high-court-dismisses-ex-pm-najibs-application-for-gag-order-on-media

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KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 8): Justice Datuk Azman Abdullah had today approved the transfer of consolidated charges against former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to the High Court where these charges will be heard and decided by a single judge.

Azman said the charges will now be heard before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.

Najib faces charges of three counts of money laundering, three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of abuse of power involving 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s former subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd.

According to Azman, Mohd Nazlan will also hear the application by the prosecution team to lift the gag order preventing the media from discussing the merits of the case.

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http://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/najibs-charges-be-heard-high-court-judge-mohd-nazlan-mohd-ghazali

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Najib goes to court today. They are all waiting….

7 August 2018

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2 August 2018

New judge appointed in Najib’s power abuse trial

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s case involving criminal breach of trust and abuse of power will be heard before new High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali next week.

This follows the transfer of judge Datuk Mohd Sofian Abd Razak, who recorded Najib’s plea, to the new civil court effective today.

Checks at the court’s cause list today show that Nazlan will hear Najib’s case management fixed for Aug 8.

It was previously reported that Mohd Sofian was the brother of Umno Pahang state executive member Datuk Seri Mohd Sofi Razak.

https://www.nst.com.my/news/crime-courts/2018/08/397136/new-judge-appointed-najibs-power-abuse-trial

27 July 2018

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Justice Sofian was put in the spotlight following news reports that he is the younger brother of a Pahang Umno lawmaker Datuk Mohd Soffi Abdul Razak.

Malaysian Bar president George Varughese had then called on Justice Sofian to recuse himself from hearing Najib’s SRC International case, citing the need to “preserve the integrity of the proceedings before him and to avoid any real danger of bias”.

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1656502/report-transfer-on-the-cards-for-judge-in-najibs-src-international-case?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

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KUALA LUMPUR: The case of former prime minister Najib Razak who has been charged with criminal breach of trust (CBT) and abuse of power involving RM42 million of SRC International Sdn Bhd funds, is to be heard before a new judge.

According to a source, High Court judge Mohd Sofian Abd Razak who had recorded Najib’s plea would be transferred to the New Civil Court 10, effective Aug 1.

“It is a normal routine for a judge to be transferred to another court,” the source said.

Another source said that the transfer letter was signed by Chief Judge of Malaya Zaharah Ibrahim earlier this week.

It is learned that judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali, from the New Commercial Court 1, will replace Sofian at the Criminal High Court 3.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/07/27/new-judge-to-hear-najibs-case/

5 July 2018

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Yes, we get the point. He CAN give statements to the press…

Ex-PM Najib counsel, Shafee said it was to “Stop anyone from making statements to the media”…. And “even Najib cannot make any comments in the media,”  Then the moment Najib bailed out of court:

4 July 2018

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Shafee Abdullah is Najib’s lawyer…

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Najib to pay RM1 million bail in 2 instalments, passport seized
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KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court today set a bail amount of RM1 million on former prime minister Najib Razak, who is facing four charges linked to RM42 million transferred into his private bank account.

Judge Sofian Abdul Razak set the amount despite prosecutors applying for a total of RM4 million as bail for the four charges.

The court allowed Najib to pay the first half of RM500,0000 today, with the balance to be settled by 3pm next Monday.

Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who is leading Najib’s defence team, earlier argued that the amount was too high, and asked for a reduction to between RM500,000 and RM800,000, or to accept land titles as collateral.

The case was transferred to the High Court after the four charges were read at the Sessions Court.

The former leader pleaded not guilty to all the charges, which includes criminal breach of trust and abuse of power in relation to the transfer of RM42 million from SRC International Sdn Bhd.

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It’s decided ! Former PM Najib Razak will post bail at RM1 million CASH

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The charges against Najib Razak, former prime minister of Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 — Below is Malay Mail’s translation of the charges against former prime minister and Pekan MP Datuk Seri Najib Razak in English. They are in no way an official translation of the chargesheet, which was in Bahasa Malaysia.

Public Prosecutor vs Datuk Sri Najib bin Hj Abd Razak (IC Number: 530723-06-5165)

Charge—Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 [Act 694]

That you between 17 August 2011 and 8 February 2012, at the Prime Minister’s Office, Precinct 1, Putrajaya, in the Federal Territory of Putrajaya, as an officer of public body, that is as Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Malaysia, had used your position for gratification for yourself amounting to forty two million Ringgit Malaysia (RM42,000,000,000.00) when you had participated or were involved in decisions on behalf of the government of Malaysia to give a government guarantee for loans amounting to four billion Ringgit Malaysia (RM4,000,000,000.00) from the Retirement Fund Incorporated [Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan)] to SRC International Sdn Bhd, therefore you have committed an offence under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 [Act 694] which is punishable under Section 24 of the same Act.
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First charge — Penal Code

That you, between 24 December 2014 and 29 December 2014, at AmIslamic Bank Berhad, Bangunan Ambank Group, No 55, Jalan Raja Chulan, in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, as a public servant or an agent, that is as Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Malaysia, and Advisor Emeritus of SRC International Sdn Bhd (“SRC”), and in that capacity, mandated with power over monies belonging to SRC amounting to four billion Ringgit Malaysia (RM4,000,000,000.00), had committed criminal breach of trust in respect of monies amounting to twenty seven million Ringgit Malaysia (RM27,000,000.00), and therefore you have committed an offence punishable under Section 409 if the Penal Code [Act 574].
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Second Charge

That you between 24 December 2014 and 29 December 2014, at AmIslamic Bank Berhad, Bangunan Ambank Group, No 55, Jalan Raja Chulan, in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, as a public servant or an agent, that is as Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Malaysia, and Advisor Emeritus of SRC International Sdn Bhd (“SRC”), and in that capacity, mandated with power over monies belonging to SRC amounting to four billion Ringgit Malaysia (RM4,000,000,000.00), had committed criminal breach of trust in respect of monies amounting to five million Ringgit Malaysia (RM5,000,000.00), and therefore you have committed an offence punishable under Section 409 if the Penal Code [Act 574].
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Third Charge

That you between 10 February 2015 and 2 March 2015, at AmIslamic Bank Berhad, Bangunan Ambank Group, No 55, Jalan Raja Chulan, in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, as a public servant or an agent, that is as Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Malaysia, and Advisor Emeritus of SRC International Sdn Bhd (“SRC”), and in that capacity, mandated with power over monies belonging to SRC amounting to four billion Ringgit Malaysia (RM4,000,000,000.00), had committed criminal breach of trust in respect of monies amounting to ten million Ringgit Malaysia (RM10,000,000.00), and therefore you have committed an offence punishable under Section 409 if the Penal Code [Act 574].
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https://www.malaymail.com/s/1648598/the-charges-against-najib-razak-former-prime-minister-of-malaysia.

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KUALA LUMPUR: A small group of supporters of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak carrying placards with Chinese (and also English) writing drew curious onlookers at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex here on Wednesday morning (July 4).

The signs, which read “Free Najib” in Chinese, were carried by business consultant Philip Loh, 53 (pic – with pink sign) and his friends, to show solidarity for the embattled former premier, while he was being charged in court for corruption and criminal breach of trust.
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Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/07/04/supporters-hold-up-placards-with-chinese-writing-to-support-najib/#3tKmHlhKR1zm80p6.99

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Najib’s CBT, power abuse charges over RM42m moved to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 — The Sessions Court today allowed Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s two cases over RM42 million from former 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd to be transferred to the High Court.

The charges were read out earlier to Najib in a packed courtroom in Kuala Lumpur before Sessions Court judge Datuk Zainal Abidin Kamarudin.

No plea was recorded in the Sessions Court.

Najib is expected to only enter his plea in the High Court.

About 100 media personnel and the public are currently waiting behind a police cordon at the fifth floor of the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex for Najib to be transferred to the High Court there and for final arrangements for the courtroom to be made.

In the prosecution initiated about two months after Najib’s Barisan Nasional coalition lost federal power, new Attorney General Tommy Thomas is the lead prosecutor and assisted by 11 deputies.

Prominent lawyer Tan Sri Shafee Abdullah is representing Najib.

Criminal charges are usually read out to an accused person, who will then either plead guilty or claim trial by pleading not guilty.

Najib was charged this morning with three counts of CBT under the Penal Code’s Section 409 on three separate transactions amounting to RM42 million from SRC International.

Under Section 409 of the Penal Code which covers the offence of criminal breach of trust (CBT) by a public servant over property he is entrusted with or have control over, the penalty is a jail term of between two years and 20 years and whipping and fine.

Najib was charged in the second case with the abuse of his position to get gratification of RM42 million from SRC International for himself, with the charge being under Section 23 MACC Act 2009.

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1648581/najibs-cbt-power-abuse-charges-over-rm42m-moved-to-high-court

The new UMNO Boss distances himself from the disgraced former one…

ZAHID’S GLARING ABSENCE RAISES EYEBROWS: NAJIB’S SONS AMONG HUNDREDS OF UMNO SUPPORTERS WHO SING ‘GOD SAVE YOU’ IN SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR EX-LEADER

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Najib’s in court (Photos via Whatsapp)

 

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Crowds gathering outside KL court complex . Former PM is expected to be produced before the sessions court this morning at 830 am . AG Tommy Thomas is reported to be leading the prosecution team.
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Najib leaves recorded message: ‘If you are listening to this message, it means action has been taken’

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KUALA LUMPUR: “If you are listening to this message, it means action has been taken (against me).”

That was how a message left by Datuk Seri Najib Razak on his Facebook page tonight began.

The two-minute or so video featured his audio message played against a background of pictures and videos of him.

In the recorded video message, Najib said the people deserved the best leadership and apologised for his shortcomings.

“I would like to seek forgiveness from the people..the rakyat deserve the best leaders.

“I have done my best. However I realise it was not enough and I admit there were many weaknesses…I admit that I am just human and that I am not perfect,” he said, adding not all the allegations against him were true.

He also lamented about how his house had been continuously raided over several days, and items seized.

“However, all this is not conclusive…there is much news that was false, twisted and nothing but slander against me.

“Let them investigate..I haven’t had the chance to defend myself yet,” he said.

Najib said he accepted the loss he suffered (in the 14th General Election) and how this had opened him up to all kinds of allegations (tohmahan yang dahsyat).

“I accept what I and my family have to go through now.

“However, everyone will be judged one day, including those who were in power now.

“I will face all the challenges with patience, after all Allah know everything,” he said.
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https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/07/387136/najib-leaves-recorded-message-if-you-are-listening-message-it-means

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3 July 2018

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surfaces as supporters protest arrest Among the first users of the hashtag were Siswa BN () & newly-elected Umno Youth exco Papagomo ()

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Supporters of former PM Najib, both those outside MACC at the moment, and those using the hashtag, using same narrative re: linking today’s arrest to that of Anwar Ibrahim’s 2 decades ago. Seemingly strategic, calculated. Attempts to start a reformasi
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Sumisha Naidu Retweeted edwin m@raziqfirdaus

is now a hashtag with comparisons made between and .

Sumisha Naidu added,

 

Selepas 20 tahun politik negara masih dalam cengkaman Mahathirism.

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9pm update perhimpunan depan SPRM: media personnel yang cover lagi ramai dari crowd lulz (first 2 pics of crowd, last 2 pics of media)

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The Malaysian Bar says it is “shocked and troubled” by the Task Force’s statement as the Task Force has no legal standing to arrest Najib Razak nor is it in a position “to decide whether or not Najib will be charged and/or when he is to be charged”.

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Lawyer: Najib taking his defence to public through media interviews

July 3, 2018

His willingness to go to the media shows he is attempting to absolve himself, say SN Nair.

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PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Najib Razak, who is under investigation in connection with scandal-tainted 1MDB, appears to be taking his defence to the public to pre-empt charges against him, a lawyer says.

SN Nair said he was inclined to believe Najib’s recent slew of media statements was also for political consumption as he wanted to give his side of the story.

“His willingness to go to the media reveals that he wants to absolve himself,” he told FMT.

He said if Najib was sincere, he had all the opportunity to make the statements before the May 9 election as many of the questions related to 1MDB were raised by the public and the opposition, but he did not do so.

Nair was commenting on Najib’s willingness to offer information to the public through the media after losing his position in power.
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Najib, in an interview with Reuters last month, said he should not be blamed for the multi-billion-ringgit 1MDB scandal, and declared he knew nothing about the money appearing in his personal account.

He said his advisers and the management and board of 1MDB had wrongly kept the alleged embezzlement of funds a secret from him.
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Last week, Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Amar Singh revealed that cash and jewellery valued at up to RM1.1 billion were found in residences linked to Najib.

In an interview with news portal Malaysiakini, Najib disputed the valuation as subjective and unrealistic.

He also said the jewellery comprised gifts to his wife Rosmah Mansor and wedding presents to his daughter Nooryana Najwa.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/07/03/lawyer-najib-taking-his-defence-to-public-through-media-interviews/

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MACC arrests Najib at his residence

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BREAKING NEWS | Former premier Najib Abdul Razak was arrested at his residence in Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur, this afternoon, according to MACC chief commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull.

The arrest was carried out in relation to the commission’s investigation into the SRC International issue.

Speculation is also rife that the former premier could be charged tomorrow.

Shukri Abdul told the media that the arrest took place at 3pm and the former premier has been taken to the commission’s headquarters in Putrajaya for further questioning.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/432480

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1 Response to Najib’s SRC Trial is postponed…

  1. Doris Looi says:

    Even go jail like going to 6* hotel

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