Najib, Irwan charged with RM6.6 billion CBT

KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Najib Razak and former Treasury secretary-general Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah have been slapped with six charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving RM6.6 billion worth of government funds.

They were said to have committed the offences between December 2016 and December 2017.

According to the charges, they were entrusted with the funds but misappropriated the money in their positions as finance minister and Treasury secretary-general at the time.

On the first charge, they were accused of committing CBT of RM1.2 billion on Dec 21, 2016 at the office of the finance ministry.

On the second charge, they were accused of committing CBT of RM655 million at the same place and time.

The third charge accused them of committing CBT of RM220 million in the Federal Consolidated Fund on Aug 3, 2017.

On the fourth charge, they were said to have committed CBT of RM1.3 billion, also in the Federal Consolidated Fund, on Aug 10, 2017.

The money in the third and fourth charges was meant for Kuala Lumpur International Bhd expenditure, subsidies and financial aid.

According to the fifth charge, they committed CBT of 1,950,000,000 yuan (approximately RM1,261,065,000) on Aug 23.

On the sixth charge, they were accused of committing CBT of RM2 billion on Dec 18, 2017.

If convicted under Section 409 of the Penal Code, they face a maximum jail term of 20 years, whipping and a fine.

Najib and Irwan claimed trial to all six charges.

Fiat prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram led the prosecution team. Muhammad Shafee Abdullah represented Najib while Irwan was represented by Dev and Lavania Kumaraendran and their father K Kumaraendran.

Najib has already been charged with offences linked to money laundering and CBT in the transfer of RM42 million into his account from former 1MDB unit SRC International.

He was also accused of abusing his power as the prime minister by giving government guarantees on SRC International’s RM4 billion loan from the Retirement Fund Inc.

A further 25 charges were made against him last month in connection with the alleged transfer of RM2.28 billion 1MDB-related funds into his bank account before the 2013 general election.

He was also charged with giving out 1MDB-related money to companies and Umno, as well as transferring funds to Tanore Finance Corp.

He was further charged with abusing his power in a bid to obtain bribes amounting to over RM2 billion from February 2011 to December 2014.

Irwan’s service contract as Treasury secretary-general was shortened to June 14 after Pakatan Harapan took over Putrajaya, and he was transferred to the Public Service Department.