Prosecutors are trying once again today to postpone the start of Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) corruption trial until his ongoing case over the misappropriation of RM42 million from SRC International is over.
On July 8, the High Court had ruled that Najib will be tried for corruption over 1MDB on August 19, whether his ongoing SRC International trial is still continuing or has ended by then.
High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah made the ruling after prosecutors sought for the third time to start Najib’s main 1MDB trial, also known as the Tanore trial only after the conclusion of the SRC International case.
Sequerah had previously set August 19 to 29; throughout September and October except for Fridays; and the first two weeks in November, for Najib’s 1MDB trial.
Various legal observers have raised concern over the continuous delay of the high profile case involving former prime minister Najib Razak. “It is either they are poor in planning or there are other reasons for the delay that the prosecution is not at liberty to divulge.”
Others have noted that the current SRC International trial is not going very well for the prosecution mainly due to the botched up investigations done by MACC. MACC failed to confirm that documents were forged when authenticating signatures from SRC International directors. Added to that that Najib was never the signatory nor the decision maker and neither made any attempt to unduly influence the process of loan acquisition from KWAP does not make the prosecution look well. The prosecution is looking to prove “beyond reason doubt” that Najib is guilty but it’s looking like they seem to be proving otherwise.
Main stream media and Pakatan aligned news sites have been working overtime to change the narratives of the case but it’s getting harder for them than whats been recorded at the cross examination. The repeated delay of the start of 1MDB trail are also due to this.
Najib currently faces seven corruption charges pertaining to SRC International funds.
The charges were 3 each for CBT under Section 409 of the Penal Code and money laundering under Section 4 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities (AMLA) Act 2001, and 1 for abuse of power under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act (MACC) 2009.