KUALA LUMPUR — June 5, 2020: The defence has asked the court to acquit former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of all seven charges, claiming that events which led to RM42 million ending up in his accounts were caused by chaotic management at SRC International and an equally chaotic situation at the bank which handled his accounts.
“It was a chaotic situation all round and SRC International and the bank officers involved were all at sixes and sevens in dealing with the SRC funds.
“There was a madness in SRC International and the bank… the question is was there a method in this madness? Whatever it is, there is no evidence to show Najib had instructed anyone to do it,” summed up lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah today.
Najib is accused of abusing his power as prime minister by giving government guarantees on SRC International’s RM4 billion loan from the Retirement Fund Inc.
He also faced three counts of money laundering and three counts of criminal breach of trust in the transfer of SRC International’s RM42 million into his accounts.
Lead prosecutor Datuk V. Sithambaram on the other hand countered that the prosecution had made its case, with 57 witnesses called by them while Najib had 19.
Najib will know on July 28 whether he is going to be sent to jail or walk out a free man after High Court judge Mohd. Nazlan Mohd. Ghazali fixed the date.
“I have heard lengthy submissions and also got lengthy and extensive written submissions which are over 2,000 pages.
“I will make my final decision on this case at 10am on July 28,” said Nazlan.