KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) has sought to postpone Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial which was scheduled to start on Aug 19.
This is the third time the AGC has sought a postponement to the case.
Attorney General Tommy Thomas, who appeared before High Court judge Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah, made the request because Najib’s SRC International trial was ongoing.
He said the SRC trial was moving slower than expected.
“What I can tell the court is that over 40 people have testified in the SRC International case, and we are calling 25 more,” Thomas said yesterday.
He said the SRC International prosecution team was unable to wrap up the case by Aug 15 for the 1MDB prosecution team to take over on Aug 19.
Thomas suggested for the 1MDB trial to be postponed to Oct 1.
Justice Sequerah, however, told the Attorney General to come back on July 15 with an update on the progress of the SRC International case.
“You can come back on July 15, so you will be in a better position to speak about the progress,” he said.
On May 14, Justice Sequerah allowed a second postponement to make way for the SRC International trial and fixed Aug 19 for the 1MDB trial to start.
Najib has been charged with four counts as a public officer, namely prime minister, finance minister and 1MDB chairman, of using his position to attain gratification for himself.
He also faces 21 allegations of money laundering under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds from Unlawful Activities Act involving 1MDB funds amounting to RM2.28bil.
The SRC International trial is expected to resume on July 1.