KUALA LUMPUR — Nov. 14, 2019: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has applied to postpone the 1MDB audit report tampering trial, in which he and former 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy are due to face from Monday.
The application names the public prosecutor and Arul Kanda as respondents.
The former prime minister is requesting for the trial before Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan to be moved to January 13.
In his supporting affidavit, Najib stated that he and his lawyers would only have until December 2 to prepare for his defence in the SRC International Sdn. Bhd, case, in which he is facing charges of misappropriating RM42 million.
On November 11, Najib was ordered to enter his defence after the court found that he had a prima facie case to answer.
According to Najib, if the audit report tampering trial was to continue as scheduled, he would suffer prejudice as he and his lawyers would require a reasonable and sufficient amount of time to prepare for his defence in the SRC case.
Naib added that his defence team was also involved in the preparation of another 1MDB case that began on August 28 and is ongoing. His defence in the SRC case is expected to begin on December 3.
He argued that the application to adjourn was reasonable so as to allow him to have a fair trial in line with his constitutional rights, in the best interest of the administration of justice and to allow the court overseeing the SRC trial to take into account all material evidence.
Yesterday, Zaini, in making the decision to begin the trial on Monday said that it would be hard-pressed to find alternatives dates if the earlier trial dates fixed before him be vacated as applied by the prosecution.
On Nov. 7, prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram applied for the trial dates to be vacated as a key witness is currently testifying in Najib’s trial involving the misappropriation of 1MDB money. — Bernama