KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 16): The case involving former prime minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, who is facing 21 money laundering charges and four charges of power abuse linked to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) fund, has been fixed for mention at the High Court on Nov 27.
Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi fixed the date when the matter came up for mention before her today.
Last Oct 31, High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali allowed Najib’s application to transfer the case from Sessions Court when the prosecution, represented by retired Federal Court Judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, who has been appointed as senior Deputy Public Prosecutor, did not object to it.
At today’s proceeding, Sri Ram told the court that 20% of the documents on charges for money laundering had been submitted to the defence, while 15% of the documents for the corruption case, involving predicate charges, had yet to be submitted.
During the proceeding, Sri Ram saw Najib sitting outside the dock and whispered to deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib, who is assisting him: "Why is he (Najib) sitting there?”
Following which, the court policemen were seen asking Najib to enter the dock, but Najib, with a handphone in his hand, did not budge and remained seated outside the dock.
Last Sept 20, Najib claimed trial to four counts of corruption in which he was alleged to have used his position to obtain gratification totalling RM2.28 billion and 21 charges of money laundering of the same money.
Najib was represented by lawyer Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.