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Police probing Najib trial videos for illegal information disclosure

Published
Modified 20 Apr 2019, 3:20 pm

Police are investigating the uploading of video clips of Najib Abdul Razak's ongoing criminal trial for illegal disclosure of information.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Mazlan Lazim said in a statement tonight that police were also investigating the case under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act.

Illegal disclosure of information is punishable under Section 203A of the Penal Code and carries with a fine of up to RM1 million, up to one year's jail or both.

Yesterday, Najib's former aide Hizatul Isham Abdul Jalil uploaded video clips of the trial showing two witnesses testifying in court. 

The witnesses were involved in constructing a new guard post and water tank at Najib's Jalan Langgak Duta residence.

In his post, Hizatul Isham claimed there were "problems" with the prosecution's theory that Najib had used state-owned SRC International Sdn Bhd's funds for his personal benefit.

He also claimed the prosecution could not prove that Najib ordered SRC International to deposit funds into his personal bank account through two intermediaries.

"Perhaps that is why the prosecution is trying to shift the attention to show that Najib is supposedly using SRC funds to renovate his home, and had used them for his personal benefit, instead of showing that he had ordered SRC International to deposit money into his own account for that purpose," he said.

Hizatul Isham said the renovations were a necessity, as Najib received many visitors at the Langgak Duta home.

The recording showed witnesses being questioned by Najib's lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah. The witnesses had said that the renovations were necessary.

 Hizatul Isham also defended uploading the videos, stating that court rules prohibited live streaming of the proceedings or personal recordings.

He said the uploaded videos were neither of the above, as they were taken from the court's own Court Recording and Transcript (CRT) system.

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