50 witnesses to testify in RM6.6bil CBT trial involving Najib, Irwan Serigar

KUALA LUMPUR: Some 50 witnesses will be called to testify in the RM6.6bil criminal breach of trust (CBT) case involving former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (pic) and former treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah.

The case has also been transferred from High Court 3, where Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali presided, to High Court 4 due to administration matters.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Saiful Hazmi Mohd Saad told Justice Muhammad Jamil Hussin of High Court 4 that the prosecution received a letter dated Oct 7 on the transfer from the High Court deputy registrar.

The court also allowed an application by Najib’s lawyer Nur Syahirah Hanapiah to vacate the hearing dates for this case, which have been fixed for this year, to next year as the case overlapped with Najib’s other 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB)-linked trials.

“Najib is currently facing two trials before Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah and Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan.

“This case is expected to begin on Nov 9, but the other trials have been fixed for June 2021, ” she said here on Friday (Oct 9).

Justice Jamil allowed the application to give way for the other trials.

He fixed 32 days for hearing for every day in September and October 2021 with the exception of Fridays and public holidays.

The court also set Jan 6, next year, for case management.

In today’s proceeding, Najib’s presence was exempted as he is still under a 14-day home quarantine after coming back from Sabah.

Irwan was represented by lawyer Datuk K. Kumaraendran.

When met after the proceedings, Saiful Hazmi said the witnesses for the CBT case involved almost the same witnesses from the previous 1MDB trial.

On Oct 25,2018, Najib and Irwan were jointly charged with six counts of CBT over government funds totalling RM6.6bil.

According to the first two charges, Najib and Mohd Irwan were entrusted with dominion over RM1.2bil and RM655mil respectively, and had committed CBT.

The third CBT charge involved RM220mil which was allocated for administration expenses for the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The money had been in the government’s Federal Consolidated Fund.

The RM1.3bil in the fourth charge was in the same fund and classified as an allocation for subsidy and cash aid.

The fifth and sixth CBT charges were for over 1.95 billion yuan (RM1.261bil) and RM2bil.

All the offences were allegedly committed at the Finance Ministry office in Putrajaya between Dec 21,2016, and Dec 18,2017.

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