AG wants 1MDB trial stalled until SRC case is over

Attorney-General Tommy Thomas.

KUALA LUMPUR: Attorney-General Tommy Thomas has filed a motion in the High Court to vacate Najib Razak’s 1MDB trial dates and allow the former prime minister’s ongoing SRC International case to continue.

Deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Izzat Fauzan, who affirmed an affidavit in support of the motion, said the SRC International case is also a case of public interest involving an ex-prime minister.

Adding that the 1MDB trial is scheduled to begin on May 14, he said the court must hear the application before that date.

The SRC International trial, which began on April 3, is only scheduled until April 10. So far, 22 witnesses have taken the stand.

Izzat said the 1MDB case, also known as the Tanore trial, should be postponed pending completion of the SRC International trial.

Judge Colin Lawrence Sequerah, who is slated to hear the 1MDB case, has fixed May 14, 15, 17, 28, 29 and 31.

He also ordered that the trial resume from June 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 20 and 21.

Izzat said the trial judge in the SRC case, Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali, has no objection to continuing the trial beyond May 10 if Sequerah is prepared to vacate the 1MDB case.

He said a letter was sent to Sequerah’s secretary yesterday but the judge had declined to postpone his 1MDB case.

“It would be against public interest and prejudicial to the defence of the accused to have multiple trials proceed on a part-heard basis as this would result in unnecessary delay in all trials,” Izzat said in his affidavit.

He said the 1MDB trial could be postponed pending completion of the SRC International case, not pending any appeal.

In the 1MDB case, Najib faces 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.