Najib still trying to delay SRC trial, files review on apex court's decision to lift stay

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KUALA LUMPUR (April 1): Lawyers of former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak today filed an application to review the Federal Court's decision to lift the stay on the trial of the RM42 million SRC International Sdn Bhd case, in which he is facing abuse of power and money laundering charges. 

Najib's counsel Havinderjit Singh disclosed the review application filing to High Court judge Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah, who is presiding over Najib's 1Malaysia Development Bhd case, today.

"We have filed an application for a review of the Federal Court's decision last week," Havinderjit said. With that, it remains to be seen whether the SRC International case will start before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali on Wednesday (April 3), he added.

Last Wednesday (March 27), a seven-member bench of the Federal Court, led by Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, lifted the stay granted by the Court of Appeal on the SRC trial on grounds that the appellate court has no jurisdiction to grant the stay when a decision in a criminal matter has been made.

This led to Justice Nazlan fixing the SRC case hearing date to this Wednesday (April 3).

Najib is facing three counts of criminal breach of trust, and one charge of abusing his post over the transfer of RM42 million from SRC International. He is also facing three other counts of money laundering involving the same amount belonging to the company. 

SRC International, set up by Najib in 2011 to pursue strategic overseas investments in energy resources, was formerly a wholly owned unit of 1MDB, before the ownership was later transferred to the Minister of Finance Inc.

Earlier today, theedgemarkets.com reported that the prosecution would be calling in three witnesses after the opening statement is made at the start of the trial.