Prosecution closes case, Najib to know fate on Nov 11

The prosecution in Najib Razak’s SRC International trial has closed its case after 57 days of hearing.

KUALA LUMPUR: The prosecution in Najib Razak’s corruption and abuse of power trial in the High Court here closed its case after 57 days of hearing.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating officer Rosli Hussain was the 57th and the last witness to complete giving his evidence before judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.

The trial began on April 3.

Attorney-General Tommy Thomas informed Nazlan that the prosecution was wrapping up its case and they were offering 66 witnesses should defence be called later.

“We will endeavour to contact and secure the witnesses. They are all contactable,” he told the judge.

Nazlan then fixed Sept 24 for the prosecution and defence to file their written submissions and Oct 15 for parties to exchange and reply to their earlier submissions.

He also fixed parties to make oral submissions and clarification before him on Oct 22 and 23, and the decision to be delivered on Nov 11.

Nazlan said the trial will continue from Dec 2 to Dec 19 should Najib be ordered to enter defence on all or some of the charges.

Outside the court, ad hoc prosecutor V Sithambaram told reporters the prosecution had made out a prima facie case on the seven charges faced by the accused.

“I believe we have set out all the necessary ingredients to prove the charges by calling witnesses and tendering documentary evidence,” he said.

Najib, 66, is facing three counts of criminal breach of trust, one charge of abusing his position and three counts of money laundering over SRC International Sdn Bhd funds amounting to RM42 million.

The Pekan MP was charged with committing the offences at AmIslamic Bank Bhd on Jalan Raja Chulan and the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya between Aug 17, 2011, and Feb 10, 2015.