Najib's 1MDB-linked corruption trial likely to be postponed pending appeal over conviction in SRC International case

KUALA LUMPUR: The hearing for 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB)-linked corruption trial involving RM27mil of SRC International Sdn Bhd's funds is likely to be pushed to a later date pending the decision in Datuk Seri Najib Razak's appeal over his conviction in the RM42mil corruption case, also involving funds from SRC International.

The High Court was informed here on Wednesday (July 28) that both the prosecution and the defence in the case were applying for the case to be postponed pending the decision in Najib's appeal at the Court of Appeal.

Najib, who was sentenced to a total of 12 years in jail and a total fine of RM210mil after he was found guilty of seven charges in the RM42mil SRC International case, is appealing against the conviction and sentence.

The appeal hearing lasted for 15 days before a three-man panel and the Court of Appeal reserved its judgment to a date yet to be fixed.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Ashrof Adrin Kamarul told reporters after case management on Wednesday that the RM27mil SRC International case was initially scheduled for hearing from Aug 2 to 9.

"However, due to the Court of Appeal reserving its judgment in the RM42mil case, the prosecution requested for the hearing of the RM27mil case to be postponed pending the appeal decision, which could still be appealed up to the Federal Court," he said.

He also said that the postponement was required as the evidence in the RM27mil case correlates with the RM42mil and involved the same money trail.

According to DPP Mohd Ashrof, Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan ordered both parties to write to the court to seek the adjournment as the hearing was supposed to begin on Monday.

When contacted, lawyer Rahmat Hazlan, who is part of Najib's defence team, confirmed the application to postpone the trial.

Najib was convicted in the RM42mil SRC International case by the High Court on July 28 last year after he was found guilty of seven counts of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power.

In the other SRC International case, Najib claimed trial on Feb 3, 2019 to three counts of money laundering where he allegedly received money totalling RM27mil, said to be proceeds from unlawful activity, in three AmPrivate Banking accounts belonging to him.

Najib was accused of having committed the offences at AmIslamic Bank Berhad, 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, if convicted.

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