Najib’s 1MDB trial to start on May 14

Former prime minister Najib Razak.

KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Najib Razak’s 1MDB trial will finally begin on May 14, with the High Court setting new dates after being informed that the previous trial dates were taken by Najib’s RM42 million SRC International case.

High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah previously fixed April 15 to May 3 to hear Najib’s 1MDB case.

The new trial dates will be on May 14, 15, 17, 28, 29 and 31.

Proceedings will resume on June 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 20 and 21.

“There will be no more case management for 1MDB,” the judge said.

Deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib informed the court that the prosecution team had given Najib’s defence team all the relevant documents for the trial.

“We will serve the witness statements by the end of this month,” he added.

In the 1MDB case, Najib is facing four counts of corruption in which he is alleged to have used his position to obtain gratification totalling RM2.3 billion, and 21 charges of money laundering of a similar amount.

He was said to have received and used the illegal money during his term of office between 2011 and 2014.

Najib is currently on trial for his SRC International case. He was slapped with seven charges for money laundering, criminal breach of trust and bribery over RM42 million of the company’s funds in his bank account.

The hearing for SRC International will resume on April 15.