KUALA LUMPUR — Feb. 11, 2019: The case of three additional charges of money laundering against former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak involving RM27 million from SRC International will be heard in the High Court after judge Mohd. Nazlan Mohd. Ghazali today allowed an application by the prosecution.
However Nazlan dismissed the application by Attorney-General Tommy Thomas for the case to be tried jointly with those on criminal breach of trust, abuse of power and money laundering faced by Najib.
“I have no issue with the transfer per se but the issue of a joint trial is premature because it’s within the jurisdiction of the High Court that tries it,” the judge remarked.
According to Thomas, the transfer would be expedient for the ends of justice because the cases share inter-related facts and it would not be in the interest of justice to have separate proceedings in two courts of different hierarchy.
Lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah for Najib countered against the application and also asked for the prosecution to provide to the defence the list of witnesses for the trial tomorrow. To this deputy public prosecutor Manoj Kurup said the prosecution has the list but to tell the defence now was unprecedented.
“Until the witnesses appear tomorrow that it is only time they will know. If I tell them now who I propose to come tomorrow, it would be just a proposal,” said Kurup.
The judge then directed the prosecution to furnish the names of its witnesses to the defence. — Bernama