SRC trial: Don't convict Najib based on court of public opinion

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  • Tuesday, 02 Jun 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is facing criminal charges involving the misappropriation of RM42mil in SRC International Sdn Bhd funds, should not be convicted based on the court of public opinion, the High Court heard.

Lawyer Farhan Read, one of the lawyers in Najib's defence team, said on Tuesday (June 2) that it was understandable that the public would be angry over the case as the charges levelled against the Pekan MP were serious allegations.

He added that the court of public opinion, however, did not concern itself with being fair.

"But this court today should not be influenced by opinion. It should decide based on law and facts, ” Farhan added in his closing submissions.

The defence trial started on Dec 3 last year lasted 33 days with 19 witnesses taking the stand.

Najib's defence had largely contended that he did not know the monies in his bank accounts originated from SRC International, a subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

A total of 807 exhibits were tendered in court.

The prosecution had earlier called 57 witnesses to the stand.

Najib faces seven charges — three for criminal breach of trust, one for abuse of power and three for money laundering involving SRC International funds totalling RM42mil.

The three-day hearing of submissions started on Monday (June 1) and continues this afternoon before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.

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