421 documents given to defence on Najib’s 1MDB case

Former prime minister Najib Razak has been slapped with multiple charges of corruption and money laundering in relation to 1MDB.

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here was told today that the prosecution had handed over to the defence 421 documents on Najib Razak’s case in the 1MDB scandal.

Prosecution team head Gopal Sri Ram told judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah that they were still working to get several banking documents on the 21 money laundering charges involving 1MDB.

“We need time and will do our best to get the documents from the banks,” he added.

The court set Feb 26 for further case management.

Deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib told reporters that the prosecution had earlier handed over 367 documents on the corruption cases and 23 documents on the money laundering cases.

“Today, we handed over 54 more documents on the corruption cases, most of which were on the minutes of the Cabinet meeting,” he said.

Sequerah also set Feb 15 to hear Najib’s application to recuse Sri Ram from heading the prosecution team in his case. He ordered all parties to submit their written submissions on Feb 13.

Najib, who was present in court today, was represented by lawyer Harvinderjit Singh.

He faces four charges under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act and 21 charges of money laundering involving RM2.28 billion.

The Pekan MP was charged with committing the offences at AmIslamic Bank Bhd, No. 55, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Ceylon, between 2011 and 2014.

The case has been fixed for hearing from April 15 to May 3.