High Court judge in Najib's trial warns against sharing videos of proceedings

KUALA LUMPUR: Any recordings of court proceedings is not to be shared on social media, says Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.

Justice Mohd Nazlan is the judge for the SRC International fund misappropriation and money laundering trial of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The High Court judge said court recording transcription (CRT) video is designed to assist the prosecution and the defence in reviewing proceedings and to allow for it to be transcribed.

"The CRT will be used only for such purposes and not for circulation, copying or uploading to any other sites," he said.

He also reminded members of the public not to make prejudicial comments about the trial, which would constitute contempt of court.

The prosecution brought up the matter at the commencement of the trial Monday (April 22) morning to seek an understanding from the court for the CRT not to be given to third parties.

Najib's lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah had earlier argued for the full video to be uploaded on social media or even livestreamed.

"How does that make a difference with next door (where the video link room for reporters is) – where about 50 people are involved – to the rest of the country.

"Maybe Your Lordship can make a ruling, as there is much mischievous reporting against our side. Maybe the whole recording should be uploaded so that the people can see what happened in court," he said.

Justice Mohd Nazlan said any transgression on the allowed use of the CRT would see the court withdrawing the privilege, and members from both the prosecution and defence will have to make their own transcriptions or wait for the court's transcription.

He then ordered for the matter not to be dragged further after both the prosecution and defence bickered on the matter for almost 30 minutes.

A two-minute plus recording entitled "Hari Kelima Perbicaraan Dato' Seri Najib (the fifth day of Najib's trial)" was uploaded on social media by Najib's former special officer Isham Jalil on April 19.


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