KUALA LUMPUR — June 4, 2020: The defence team for former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak conceded today that the case was complicated because of the circumstances and personality involved and thereby wants High Court Judge Mohd. Nazlan Mohd. Ghazali to have an open mind to the defence put up.
It was also the view of the defence that they face an uphill task to fight the corruption case as they have to convince everyone that the one-time most powerful man in the country did not do anything wrong.
In their defence submission, lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said the people wanted to know how RM42 million of SRC International Berhad money had ended up in the bank accounts of a sitting prime minister without his knowledge.
“Here is this man with immense power who was the prime minister. By virtue of the position he held, there are a lot of prejudices drawn against him. The RM42 million went into his account… it went in three tranches. People want to know how this happened without his knowledge.
“This alone is seen as evidence of a smoking gun. The public prejudice is so fortified that running a defence like this is not an easy one,” remarked Shafee.
Najib is accused of abusing his position in the decision to provide government guarantees for a RM4 billion loan to SRC International from the Retirement Fund Incorporated in 2011 and 2012.
He also faces three charges of criminal breach of trust and three counts of money laundering.
Shafee wants the court to acquit Najib if there was even a niggling doubt of guilt and that it just did not make sense for Najib to have the money banked into his accounts in his backyard.
The submission continues tomorrow.