KUALA LUMPUR: A RM6.636bil criminal breach of trust (CBT) case involving former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and former Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah has been transferred to the High Court.
High Court Judicial Commissioner Rozana Ali Yusoff approved counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah's oral application to transfer the case from the Session’s Court on Friday (Dec 7).
Muhammad Shafee, who is acting for Najib, said that the transfer application was pursuant to Section 417(1)(e) of the Criminal Procedure Code.
"There are several cases which are not connected to these charges here, have been transferred to the High Court.
"It involves my client who is facing charges relating to SRC International Sdn Bhd (former subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad), which is before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali for hearing.
"Another matter involving 1Malaysia Development Berhad's case is before High Court judge Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah," he said, adding that the prosecution did not object.
Mohd Irwan's counsel Datuk K. Kumaraendran said they supported the application and adopted the reasons put forward by Muhammad Shafee in respect of the transfer.
Datuk Jamil Aripin and Mohd Farez Rahman were the deputy public prosecutors.
On Oct 25, Najib and Mohd Irwan, who were jointly charged with six counts of CBT over government funds totalling RM6.636bil, had claimed trial to the charges.
According to the first two charges,
Najib and Mohd Irwan were entrusted with dominion over RM1.2bil and RM655mil respectively, and had allegedly committed CBT.
The third CBT charge involving RM220mil which was allocated for administration expenses for the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
The money had been in the government’s Federal Consolidated Fund.
The RM1.3bil in the fourth charge was in the same fund and classified as an allocation for subsidy and cash aid.
The fifth and sixth CBT charges were for over 1.95 billion yuan (RM1.261bil) and RM2bil.
All the offences were allegedly committed at the Finance Ministry office in Putrajaya between Dec 21, 2016, and Dec 18, 2017.
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