Najib’s RM27 million money laundering case transferred to High Court

Former prime minister Najib Razak at the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur today over his RM27 million money laundering case. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sessions Court was told today that the case of former prime minister Najib Razak, involving three additional charges of money laundering amounting RM27 million of SRC International funds, has been transferred to the High Court.

Deputy public prosecutor Manoj Kurup informed Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi of the matter in the presence of Najib’s lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

Manoj said on Feb 11, High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali had allowed the prosecution’s application to have the case transferred from the Sessions Court to the High Court.

However, mention date at the High Court has yet to be fixed.

Azura then transferred the case to the High Court.

The three additional charges of money laundering were made in the Sessions Court on Feb 8.

Najib was alleged to have accepted RM27 million, RM10 million and RM10 million, proceeds from illegal activities, into his three AmPrivate Banking accounts on July 8, 2014.

The charges were made under Section 4 (1) (a) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001.

He faces a maximum fine of RM5 million, imprisonment of up to five years, or both, if found guilty.

Meanwhile, in the High Court, judge Mohd Nazlan fixed March 13 for Najib’s case management on seven charges involving SRC International funds amounting to RM42 million, after Attorney-General Tommy Thomas applied for the date when the case came up for mention today.

Thomas, who is leading the prosecution team, also informed the court that Najib’s appeal had been fixed for hearing on March 11 and 12 at the Court of Appeal.

The court will hear Najib’s appeals on his application for a gag order to prohibit the media from discussing the merits of his criminal cases, his application for the recovery of documents and statements, and his challenge to the appointment of lawyer Sulaiman Abdullah as lead prosecutor in his seven charges pertaining to SRC International.

It will also hear Najib’s appeal on the withdrawal of the certificate of transfer from the Sessions Court to the High Court.