Najib arrives at High Court amid strong show of support

KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Najib Razak arrived at the High Court here today amid a strong show of support by his followers to begin his defence in the RM42 million SRC International corruption case.

Najib, who arrived at about 9am, was greeted by his supporters at the court lobby.

He 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 was also charged with three counts of money laundering and three counts of CBT in the transfer of RM42 million to his accounts from the former 1MDB unit.

He 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.

The trial has been fixed for 10 days until Dec 19. The prosecution team is led by Attorney-General Tommy Thomas and ad hoc prosecutor V Sithambaram.

The defence team meanwhile is led by lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.