Prosecution wants bail denied for Najib

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  • Thursday, 20 Sep 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: The prosecution says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak should not be allowed to go free on bail given the seriousness of the offences.

Updated: Najib granted RM3.5mil bail after being slapped with 25 new charges 

Lead prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram said that the 25 charges against the former prime minister, comprising four graft and 21 money-laundering related offences, are not bailable.

Sri Ram objected to any bail, but said that if the court were to allow it, it has to be at least RM5mil.

He also said that Najib had a "propensity" of interfering with cases and if he were allowed to go out on bail, it must be with two sureties.

Sri Ram also said that if he were allowed out on bail, he should be allowed to not appear at public functions and not to make public statements.

Najib's lawyer Tan Sri Mohd Shafee Abdullah, however, said that bail is at the discretion of the court and can be granted, with specific conditions.

He suggested bail be of RM500,000, saying that setting a high bail at this point would be like punishment before trial.

The bail proceedings are still ongoing.

Najib was charged with four corruption charges involving about RM2.3bil in relation to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) on Thursday (Sept 21).

Najib, 64, pleaded not guilty to all four charges read before Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi.

He also claimed trial to 21 charges under the Anti-Money Laundering Act, Anti-Terrorism Financing Act and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (Amla) 2001.

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