KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has vacated dates for the joint trial of Datuk Seri Najib Razak (pic, left) and Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar (pic, right) for January and February next year (2020), to make way for the former prime minister's SRC International Sdn Bhd trial.
Najib and Irwan, who is former Treasury secretary-general, are facing six counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving RM6.6bil of government funds.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Jamil Aripin initially requested for the trial dates in January to March 2020 to be vacated.
DPP Jamil said that he was given instructions to request that Najib's SRC International trial be given priority.
“Hearing of this case is to proceed only after SRC International, ” he said.
He added that there could also be some overlap between the charges the duo was facing with the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and International Petroleum Investment Company case over 1MDB's funds in London.
“Instruction is to avoid duplication with the case in London, ” he said.
High Court judge Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali allowed the dates for January and February 2020 to be vacated.
Justice Mohd Nazlan also set February 27,2020 for case management.
Najib, 66, was represented by lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah while Irwan, 62, was represented by lawyer Datuk K. Kumaraendran.
The trial was originally slated to begin on Jan 6,2020.