The trial of former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s case involving RM42 million of SRC International Sdn Bhd funds will continue tomorrow with his defence team to cross-examine the first witness.
On April 3, High Court Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali set April 15 until May 10 to continue the trial of Najib, who is Pekan MP.
The high profile trial would continue with counsel Harvinderjit Singh representing Najib to cross-examine the first witness, Muhammad Akmaludin Abdullah, 35, assistant registrar of Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM).
On the first day of trial, Akmaludin told the court that SRC International Sdn Bhd, had a paid capital of RM1 million when it registered with the SSM on Jan 7, 2011, and checks on the shareholders also found that all one million shares were held by the Finance Ministry (Incorporated).
Najib, 66, is facing three counts of criminal breach of trust, one charge of abusing his position and three counts of money laundering over SRC International Sdn Bhd funds amounting to RM42 million.
He is alleged to have committed the offences at AmIslamic Bank Berhad in Jalan Raja Chulan and the Prime Minister's Office in Putrajaya between August 17, 2011, and Feb 10, 2015.
Najib, who is the sixth prime minister of Malaysia, is the first to find himself in the accused dock.
Attorney-General Tommy Thomas in his opening statement on the first day of trial, among others, said the prosecution will prove that Najib had used his position as prime minister and finance minister to obtain for himself a gratification of RM42 million.
“It is my duty and privilege of opening the first trial in our courts against a former prime minister who, for nearly a decade, occupied the most powerful office in the land and wielded near absolute power.
“Such privilege carries with it enormous responsibility, which my office intends to discharge in order to establish that the accused is guilty of the seven charges that he is facing before your lordship.
“The accused during his entire period in office as prime minister of which time these offences were committed simultaneously held the office of finance minister, thereby combining maximum political power and control of the nation's purse,” he said.
Thomas also said “the operation of Article 8 (1) of the Federal Constitution that 'all persons are equal before the law' is amply demonstrated by this trial”.
“A former prime minister is charged under due process in the ordinary court of the land, like any other accused. The accused is not above the law and his prosecution and this trial should serve as precedents for all future holders of this august office,” he said.
Following are among others key ingredients in the prosecution’s opening statement read out by Thomas.