Najib’s trial begins after charges read again

Najib Razak at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today as his trial officially begins.

KUALA LUMPUR: Najib Razak claimed trial in the High Court today to seven charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT), money laundering and abuse of power, as his trial officially began with Attorney-General Tommy Thomas reading the opening statement on the prosecution’s case.

The former prime minister, who came to court today wearing a dark blue suit and a matching tie, is charged with three counts of CBT and one charge of abusing his post over SRC’s funds totalling RM42 million.

He is also charged with three counts of money laundering involving the same amount in proceeds from unlawful activities.

All the cases have been transferred from the Sessions Court to the High Court before judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.

The trial was initially fixed from Feb 12 to March 29, but Najib’s legal team led by Muhammad Shafee Abdullah managed to get the dates vacated as they raised four interlocutory matters that are now before the Federal Court.

Mohd Yusof Zainal Abidin is also on Najib’s team while Thomas is leading the 12-man prosecution team.