Najib supports live broadcast of his trial

PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Najib Razak says he is all for a live broadcast of his trial on seven charges relating to SRC International on Wednesday.

Speaking to FMT, Najib said: “I will support the live telecast as it will aid in transparency. The people have a right to know the truth.”

Najib faces seven charges of money laundering, criminal breach of trust and abuse of power over funds amounting to RM42 million belonging to SRC International, then a subsidiary of 1MDB.

Interest in a live telecast was rekindled after the Federal Court gave the go-ahead for the trial to begin in the High Court.

An online petition, started nine months ago, has gathered 34,901 signatures at 9pm tonight. The organiser of the petition hopes to obtain 35,000 signatures.

Among those pushing for the live broadcast is graphic artist and activist Fahmi Reza, a critic of the Pekan MP.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo had previously snubbed the proposal to telecast Najib’s trial.

Some within the legal fraternity had cautioned that a live telecast could compromise the integrity of proceedings.

Seven charges of criminal breach of trust and abuse of power have been brought against Najib in relation to the SRC International funds. The High Court will begin hearings on April 3.