High Court fixes more trial dates for Najib’s SRC case

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

According to his lawyer Nur Syahirah Hanapiah, the trial dates had been fixed for next year when the case was brought up for case management before deputy registrar Catherine Nicholas here yesterday.

The dates are March 7-10, March 28-31, 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 had been vacated.

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

The case was initially scheduled to be heard on several dates between July 5 and July 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 can proceed on the scheduled August dates, ” he said.

On Feb 3,2019, Najib claimed trial to the three charges of money laundering where he allegedly received money totalling RM27mil, said to be proceeds from unlawful activity, in three AmPrivate Banking accounts under his name.

Najib was accused of having committed the offences at AmIslamic Bank Bhd, Bangunan Ambank Group, No.55, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur, 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, if convicted.

On July 28 last year, Najib was convicted in the first concluded 1Malaysia Development Bhd-linked trial which involved 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 of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of position involving RM42mil from SRC funds.

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