Hearing of Najib’s 1MDB case to start on May 14

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KUALA LUMPUR (April 5): The High Court today fixed 14 days of hearing beginning May 14 for Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) case, involving RM2.28 billion. 

This is the former prime minister’s second trial, after the SRC International Sdn Bhd trial which began on Wednesday. 

Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah fixed the trial dates for the 1MDB case, after ruling that there will be no more case management.   

Besides May 14, 15 and 17, Sequerah also fixed May 28, 29 and 31, June 10 to 14, and June 18, 20 and 21 for the hearing.  

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Akram Ghari told the court during case management today that the prosecution has no further documents to hand over to the defence.  

He also informed the court that the prosecution will serve the witness statements to the defence by April 30.  

Appointed prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram had previously told the court that the prosecution would be calling 57 witnesses in the 1MDB case.

The case was earlier set for hearing from April 15 to May 3, but it has to make way for the SRC trial.

Najib, 66, is facing four charges under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act and 21 charges of money-laundering involving RM2.28 billion. 

The Pekan member of Parliament was charged with committing the offences at AmIslamic Bank Bhd, No. 55, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur between 2011 and 2014. 

Lawyer Harvinderjit Singh acted for Najib today.  

Meanwhile, Najib’s lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah’s money laundering case, which was fixed for hearing from May 5, looks set to be postponed to facilitate his client’s 1MDB case.  

Shafee is facing two counts of money laundering and two counts of alleged violation of the Income Tax Act for making false declarations to the Inland Revenue Board, by not including the RM9.5 million in his tax filing for 2013 and 2014.

The case has been fixed for case management on April 16.