KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here today set April 3 for remention of the case of former prime minister Najib Razak, who faces seven charges involving SRC International funds amounting to RM42 million.
Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali set the date after being informed by deputy public prosecutor Manoj Kurup that the Court of Appeal had allowed Najib’s application to temporarily postpone the trial while awaiting his appeal in an interlocutory application at the Federal Court.
Yesterday, a panel of three Court of Appeal judges chaired by Zabariah Mohd Yusof allowed Najib’s application to postpone the hearing. The judges said it is possible that the case may be declared a nullity following the discovery of several new issues before the court. They added however that it was not a tactic by Najib to delay the trial.
The panel also rejected three of the four appeals submitted by Najib, following which he filed an appeal in the Federal Court.
The three appeals are Najib’s bid to obtain a gag order to prohibit the media and public from discussing the merits of his criminal case, his bid for access to investigation documents including witness statements at the pre-trial stage, and on the withdrawal of certificate to transfer Najib’s seven charges relating to SRC International’s funds from the Sessions Court to the High Court by the attorney-general.
The High Court had earlier set 33 days from Feb 12 to 28 and from March 4 to 29 for hearing of the case, but it was postponed until Najib’s appeal is heard in the Court of Appeal.
On July 4, 2018, Najib, who is also Pekan MP, was slapped with three criminal breach of trust charges and one charge for abuse of power involving SRC International funds amounting to RM42 million.
On Aug 8, he pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here to three charges of money laundering for the same sum from the same fund.
Najib, 66, was represented by counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.