Najib's SRC trial to extend until March and April 2022

Datuk Seri Najib Razak. -filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has fixed additional trial dates for Datuk Seri Najib Razak's other SRC International Sdn Bhd case, where the former prime minister is accused of money laundering involving RM27mil from SRC's coffers.

His lawyer Nur Syahirah Hanapiah said the trial dates have been fixed for next year when the case was brought up for case management before deputy registrar Catherine Nicholas here on Thursday (May 6).

The dates are March 7-10, March 28-31 and April 11-14 and April 25-28.

She said the previous trial dates fixed by presiding judge Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan for July this year have been vacated.

"However, the trial dates in August (Aug 2-5 and Aug 9-10) are maintained, ” Nur Syahirah said when contacted.

Hearing for the case was initially fixed on July 5-8, July 12-15 and July 26-29 this year.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Ashrof Adrin Kamarul confirmed that the court had maintained the trial dates in August.

"The court has fixed July 16 for another case management before Justice Mohamed Zaini. We will know then whether the case could proceed on the scheduled August dates," he said when contacted.

On Feb 3,2019, Najib claimed trial to three charges of money laundering where he allegedly received money totalling RM27mil, said to be proceeds from unlawful activities, in three AmPrivate Banking accounts belonging to him.

Najib was accused of having committed the offences at AmIslamic Bank Bhd, Bangunan Ambank Group, No 55, Jalan Raja Chulan, on July 8,2014.

The charge under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 carries a maximum fine of RM5mil or jail not exceeding five years or both, upon conviction.

On July 28 last year, Najib was convicted in the first concluded 1Malaysia Development Bhd-linked trial involving the sovereign wealth fund's subsidiary, SRC International.

The Pekan MP was sentenced to 12 years’ jail and fined RM210mil after he was found guilty on seven charges of criminal breach of trust, money laundering, and abuse of position involving RM42mil from SRC funds.

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