Prosecution files appeal against stay in Najib’s SRC trial

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  • Monday, 25 Feb 2019

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. -filepic

PUTRAJAYA: The prosecution in the SRC International case involving Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has filed an appeal against a Court of Appeal decision that granted a stay on the trial.

The appeal will be heard on April 8 after the matter was brought for case management before deputy registrar Azniza Ali here on Monday (Feb 25).

DPPs Manoj Kurup, Budiman Lutfi Mohamed and Muhammad Izzat Fauzan appeared for the prosecution.

Najib was represented by lawyers Muhammad Farhan Muhammad Shafee and Syahirah Hanafiah.

The notice of appeal was filed by the prosecution on Feb 12, a day after the Court of Appeal delivered its decision.

On Feb 11, the appellate court allowed an application by Najib to temporarily stay the hearing of his SRC International trial, which was supposed to take place on Feb 12.

Justice Ahmadi Asnawi, who chaired a three-man panel, said the court was satisfied that the former premier had shown special circumstances for the court to grant a stay.

The SRC International trial is stayed pending the disposal of Najib's appeal on the prosecution's withdrawal of the certificate of transfer.

On Feb 7, High Court judge Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali allowed an application by the prosecution to withdraw the certificate to transfer the seven SRC International-related charges against Najib from the Sessions Court to the High Court.

The withdrawal, according to Muhammad Shafee, had affected the entire proceeding.

Najib wants to appeal against the High Court's decision and sought a stay on his trial pending the outcome of the appeal.

On July 4 last year, the 66-year-old Pekan MP claimed trial to a charge of abuse of power and three counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) linked to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.

He allegedly misappropriated RM42mil in funds belonging to SRC International Sdn Bhd, a unit of 1MDB.

On Aug 8, 2018, he appeared in court again for the second time and was charged with three counts of money laundering involving the same RM42mil.

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