KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 2019 : Attorney-General (AG) Tommy Thomas wants the trial of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on seven charges involving SRC International Sdn Bhd funds, totalling RM42 million, to commence on Feb 25.
Thomas informed the High Court here today that he will write a letter to the Court of Appeal (COA) President this afternoon to expedite the hearing of an appeal by Najib against the prosecution’s withdrawal of the certificate of transfer of his seven charges.
Thomas said the prosecution would ask the COA to render the appeal to be heard as quickly as possible and will write a letter to the COA President for an early hearing date.
“If they (defence) were sincere and genuine in their appeal, why (do) they want to delay the trial. We (prosecution) don’t want to delay the trial,” he said when the case came up for mention before judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.
Thomas said today was supposed to be the first day trial of Najib’s SRC case, but had been postponed yesterday when the Court of Appeal allowed Najib’s application to temporarily postpone the trial pending the disposal of his appeal.
Thomas also applied for the dates of the trial, which had been fixed for today until Feb 22, to be vacated and asked the court to maintain the trial dates that had been fixed earlier, from Feb 25 to 28 and March 4 to 29.
“We are confident that the appeal can be resolved by next week,” he said.
Mohd Nazlan fixed Feb 22 for case management for parties to update the progress of the appeal at the COA.
Outside the court, lawyer Datuk V. Sithambaram, who was appointed to assist the prosecution team, told reporters that the prosecution will write to the COA President for an early hearing date because the case involved public interest.
“We hope the president of COA will fix the hearing date for the appeal very shortly. So, the prosecution is confident that the case can go for trial from Feb 25 until the end of March,” he added.
Yesterday, the COA allowed Najib’s application to stay the trial pending his appeal against Mohd Nazlan’s ruling in granting the prosecution’s withdrawal of a certificate to transfer the seven SRC charges against Najib.
Najib filed the notice of appeal last Feb 7 together with a certificate of urgency for the matter to be heard urgently.
On July 4 last year, the 66-year old Pekan Member of Parliament was charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust and one of abuse of power for gratification involving SRC International funds amounting to RM42 million.
On Aug 8 last year, he was charged again in the Sessions Court on three counts of money laundering involving the same amount of funds.
Najib, represented by lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, was present in court today. – Bernama