KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here was told that five witnesses in the corruption case involving SRC International Sdn Bhd have since passed away.
Investigating officer Rosli Hussain, of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), said this during examination-in-chief at the corruption trial of Datuk Seri Najib Razak here on Friday (Aug 9).
The deceased are Najib's chief private secretary Datuk Azlin Alias, Economic Planning Unit director-general Datuk Noriah Ahmad, former Umno Penang liaison chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman, Retirement Fund Inc (KWAP) chief investment officer Ahmad Norhisham Hassan and a man named Izzad Izzairi Osman.
"Ever since the MACC launched its investigation on SRC International in 2015, five from the witness list have passed on," he said.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Ishak Mohd Yusoff conducted the examination-in-chief on the trial's 50th day.
The witness also said his team obtained and studied more than 1, 000 documents in the investigation.
Rosli said the documents were obtained from banks, financial institutions and companies such as KWAP, SRC International and Gandingan Mentari Sdn Bhd.
Najib, 66, is facing three counts of criminal breach of trust, one count of abusing his position and three counts of money laundering amounting to RM42mil in SRC International funds.
The hearing continues Friday afternoon before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.