Former Prime Minister Datuk Sri Najib will have more trouble on his plate next month with his 1MDB trial starting soon.
According to NST, Najib will finally stand trial to 25 counts of corruption on August 19 after being charged on September 20 last year. Exactly 333 days ago.
Attorney-General (AG) Tommy Thomas tried to postpone 1MDB trial to October 1, citing reasons that “the SRC trial is moving more slowly than we expected,” FMT quoted him as saying.
However, High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah rejected the proposal and fixed the date on August 19, which will run until August 29. The case will resume on September 2 and go on until November 14.
Sequerah opposed AG’s request for the postponement as it was the latter’s third attempt to delay the trial involving RM2.28 billion of 1MDB money.
Thomas told Sequerah and other High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali, who is hearing Najib’s SRC International trial, that the trial involving former 1MDB subsidiary may not be able to conclude by August 15, Malay Mail reported.
Thomas said Nazlan agreed to postpone 1MDB trial. As of now, 40 witnesses have been called to the SRC International trial and will expect another 25 more before it can wrap up the case.
The AG said Najib cannot stand trial in two different cases at the same time.
Najib’s lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah supported Thomas’ request, adding that Sequerah has approved the postponement before to ensure SRC International hearing concludes first.
To that, Sequerah who appeared upset by the delay said, “I am not willing to wait. If you have nothing to submit, I will make my decision.
“After hearing both parties and taking into account that this is the third application by the prosecution, this application is rejected.
“The hearing will commence this August 19, at 9am,” Sequerah ruled.
Currently, Najib is facing seven money laundering and criminal breach of trust charges in SRC International trial. He is alleged for misappropriating RM42 million.
As for 1MDB case, Najib is facing 25 charges for pocketing RM2.28 billion in bribes in February 2011 and December 2014.
The case is now being called as Tanore case as the RM2.28 billion was found to be channelled through Tanore Finance Corp, The Edge reported.
If only we could clone our former premier so that he can stand trial in all his alleged crimes.
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