Najib to enter defence on SRC International charges

KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Najib Razak was told today to enter his defence for all seven charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT), abuse of power and money laundering in relation to the transfer of RM42 million to his account from SRC International.

Trial judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali said the prosecution had established a prima facie case against the former leader, with credible evidence to prove the charges.

“The prosecution has proven all the ingredients of the charges for the accused to enter his defence,” he said to the packed courtroom in the decision which took about an hour to read.

Najib, 66, is accused of abusing his power as prime minister by giving government guarantees on SRC International’s RM4 billion loan from Retirement Fund Inc.

He also faces three charges of money laundering and three for CBT in the transfer of RM42 million to his account from the former 1MDB unit.

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.