SRC Trial: Crowd continues to wait outside court complex despite police order to disperse

Najib entering the court complex earlier this morning. (Photo: Patrick Goh/The Edge)

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KUALA LUMPUR (July 28): The police at the court complex told the crowd gathered here this morning for the verdict of Datuk Seri Najib Razak's RM42 million SRC Internatioal Sdn Bhd graft trial to disperse as social-distancing rules were broken.

However, the crowd did not appear to thin out very much despite the police issuing the order to disperse over a loud hailer, as they continued to wait outside court complex.

No arrests were made. However, there was heavy presence of police and the Federal Reserve Unit was brought in to control the crowd.

According to social-distancing rules, individuals should stay at least 1m apart from each other to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

Pockets of Najib supporters clad in red and blue were seen waiting at different areas of the walk up to the court gates as early as 6am this morning. They were believed to be brought here in 20 buses, unclear of where they were from. 

When the court gates opened at around 8.30am, but only for lawyers, there was a minor commotion as people tried to enter the complex grounds.

People were pressed up against each other trying to get into court, with absolutely no social distancing being practised.

However, Najib's supporters were not allowed in the court complex and were instructed to wait outside.

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