KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – The trial of Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Tun Razak and former treasury secretary-general Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah on six charges of criminal breach of trust involving MYR6.6 billion of government funds will be starting in September 2021 to make way for the completion of two criminal cases of the former prime minister, with the prosecution expected to call 50 witnesses.
High Court Judge Muhammad Jamil Hussin fixed the trial dates after allowing Najib’s counsel Nur Syahirah Hanapiah to clear all trial dates set for next year before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.
“Najib is facing two trials namely 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) case and the audit report tampering case before Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah and Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan respectively.
“The trial for this case is expected to commence on November 9, Najib is now on trial in the 1MDB case in which the dates have been set until June 2021,” he said.
Justice Muhammad Jamil fixed the new hearing for 32 days on every working day in September and October 2021 except Friday.
“The application of the first accused’s (Najib) counsel to vacate all trial dates before the November 9 trial was allowed to give way to hearing criminal cases involving the first accused,” he said.
Earlier, Deputy Public Prosecutor Saiful Hazmi Mohd Saad told the court that the prosecution is expected to call 50 witnesses for the trial.
Saiful Hazmi also said the case had been transferred from High Court 3 (Justice Mohd Nazlan) to be heard before Justice Muhammad Jamil.
“The case was transferred as instructed via a letter received by the prosecution from High Court deputy registrar on October 7 following administrative issues,” he said.
The court also fixed January 6 next year for case management for parties to announce any new developments on the two cases.
Najib was exempted from today’s proceedings as he is still undergoing the 14-day self-quarantine after returning from Sabah while Mohd Irwan Serigar who was represented by Counsel K Kumaraendran was present in court.
When met by reporters after the proceeding, Saiful Hazmi said the witnesses for the criminal breach of trust case involved almost the same witnesses as the 1MDB case.