Najib’s 3 money-laundering charges transferred to High Court

Former prime minister Najib Razak has claimed trial to all charges against him in relation to former 1MDB unit SRC International. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court today allowed the public prosecutor’s application to transfer three money-laundering charges levelled against former prime minister Najib Razak in relation to SRC International at the Sessions Court last week.

Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali, who is scheduled to hear the seven other SRC International-related charges against Najib, granted the order sought by Attorney-General Tommy Thomas, who was present in court today.

The three cases will now be transferred to the High Court registry.

FMT understands that the prosecution will be making another application for the three additional charges to be heard together with the seven charges as they are of the same subject matter.

Thomas asked Nazlan to consider the proposed application for a joint trial of all cases – four separate cases amounting to 10 charges – and to dispense with the need for separate proceedings in the Sessions Court.

“The cases share interrelated facts. It would not be in the interest of justice to have separate proceedings in separate courts of different hierarchies,” he said.

On Friday, Najib claimed trial before Sessions Court judge Azman Ahmad to the three money-laundering charges amounting to RM42 million.

He was accused of involvement in money laundering through his three AmPrivate Banking accounts.

The offences were allegedly committed at AmIslamic Bank Bhd on Jalan Raja Chulan on July 8, 2014 under Section 4 (1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001.

Last year, Najib claimed trial to three charges of money laundering, three of criminal breach of trust and one of abuse of power in the transfer of RM42 million into his account from SRC International.

Najib, 66, also faces another 32 charges in relation to state investor 1MDB.