KUALA LUMPUR: Attorney-General (AG) Tommy Thomas today sought to push back Najib Razak’s 1MDB trial for money laundering and abuse of power from its scheduled start on Aug 19 to October.
He told the High Court here that this is because Najib’s SRC International trial is still ongoing.
He said there was no way his SRC International prosecution team could wrap up the case by Aug 15 and allow the 1MDB prosecution team to take over on Aug 19.
“What I can tell the court is that over 40 people have testified in the SRC International case, and we are calling 25 more.
“The trial is moving more slowly than we expected,” he said, adding that the 1MDB trial should be postponed to Oct 1.
High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah told Thomas to return on July 15 with an update on the progress of the SRC International case.
“You can come back on July 15, so you will be in a better position to speak about the progress,” he said.
Najib was slapped with 25 charges of money laundering and abuse of power last September over alleged 1MDB funds in his AmBank account.
He was accused of abusing his position to obtain RM2.28 billion in bribes in February 2011 and December 2014.
He was also said to have transferred the RM2.28 billion in illegal funds to his bank account, and to have subsequently used the money.
Another High Court is currently hearing Najib’s SRC International case for alleged abuse of power, money laundering and criminal breach of trust.
The hearing will resume on July 1, when the company’s former director Suboh Md Yassin will resume his testimony.