KUALA LUMPUR — April 29, 2019: A High Court today dismissed former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s application to quash the seven charges against him relating to SRC International Sdn. Bhd. and RM42 million.
In so deciding judge Mohd. Nazlan Mohd. Ghazali ruled that the argument of the defence to say the charges were flawed was without basis.
He further ruled that the offences against Najib did not constitute double jeopardy as the offences were different and any conviction could be secured if the prosecution proved each of them.
“The prosecution has produced all the documents to the defence. At this stage, the trial has proceeded for nine days and 21 witnesses have been called with extensive cross-examination, with the applications for documents from witnesses that were allowed by this court.
“It is difficult to comprehend that the accused could have been misled,” Nazlan remarked.
He also said that money laundering, criminal breach of trust and abuse of power were different offences and thus there was no duplicity.
On April 3, Najib filed a notice of motion seeking the court to quash the charges on grounds that they are an abuse of the court process and defective in form and substance.
Justice Mohd Nazlan on the same day dismissed Najib’s application to have his notice of motion heard first, before the commencement of the trial.
Najib, 66, is charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust, one charge of abusing his position and three counts of money laundering involving money from SRC International amounting to RM42 million. — Bernama