Prosecution pleased with outcome of Najib’s SRC International case

Ad hoc prosecutor V Sithambaram says they produced credible witnesses and documents to prove their case.

KUALA LUMPUR: The prosecution in Najib Razak’s SRC International corruption trial said they are happy with the High Court’s decision to convict the former prime minister on seven charges involving RM42 million of the company’s funds.

Ad hoc prosecutor V Sithambaram said trial judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali believed the “prosecution’s story”.

“It means we have put in credible witnesses and documents to prove our case. Justice has been served,” he told reporters after the court hearing today.

This morning, the High Court found Najib guilty on the seven counts of corruption. Later in the day, Nazlan sentenced the 67-year-old Pekan MP to 12 years’ imprisonment and fined him RM210 million for abuse of power, in default five years’ jail.

The judge also sentenced Najib to 10 years each on three counts of criminal breach of trust and another 10 years on three counts of money laundering. However, the jail terms will run concurrently, which means Najib only needs to serve 12 years.

Nazlan also granted the defence a stay of execution on the jail terms pending Najib’s appeal in the Court of Appeal. However, bail will be raised from the current RM1 million to RM2 million in two sureties, and the extra amount must be paid by tomorrow.

Sithambaram, who is tasked to lead the prosecution, also told reporters they expect the appeal process to take four to five months.

“The appeal can be heard soon, provided the records of appeal and full grounds of judgment are ready,” he said, adding that the case could be disposed of in the Federal Court within a year.

“The trial judge had made the right evaluation of facts in coming to his findings.

“The trial took 95 days with the defence submitting over 2,000 pages while we (prosecution) submitted over 700 pages,” he said.

Sithambaram said the judge made a clear finding that Najib had admitted through a sworn affidavit that RM42 million belonged to SRC International.

“The judge also found the money had gone into his personal accounts,” he said.

He said he will brief and obtain instructions from Attorney-General Idrus Harun on whether they need to file a cross-appeal to enhance the jail sentence.