Chronology of Najib’s SRC case

Chronology of Najib’s SRC case

KUALA LUMPUR: Tomorrow, the High Court will hear the case of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is facing three counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT), one charge with abusing his post and three counts of money laundering over SRC International Sdn Bhd’s funds, totalling RM42 million.

The trial will be before Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.

Najib, 66, who is also Pekan Member of Parliament, had pleaded not guilty to all the seven charges.

Following is the timeline of Najib’s SRC case:

July 4, 2018 – Najib was charged for the first time in the Sessions Court here with three counts of CBT and one charge of abusing his post over SRC International Sdn Bhd’s funds totalling RM42 million. The case was later transferred to the High Court.

Aug 8, 2018 – Najib was charged at the High Court with three counts of money laundering involving the same money (RM42 million of SRC’s funds) in proceeds from unlawful activities.

Aug 10, 2018 – High Court Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali dismissed Najib’s application for a gag order restraining the media and public to publish statements on the merits of his criminal charges which would infer Najib’s guilt pending the disposal of his case.

Aug 10, 2018 – Mohd Nazlan set 33 days from Feb 12 to 28 and March 4 to 29 for the trial of Najib’s SRC case.

Aug 13, 2018 – Najib filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal against the High Court refusal to issue an order restraining the media and public from publishing statements on the merits of his case.

Dec 18, 2018 – High Court rejected Najib’s request to get the letter of authorisation (fiat) on the appointment of lead prosecutor Datuk Sulaiman Abdullah and his application for discovery of documents pertaining to the case.

Jan 15, 2019 – Najib, through his legal firm, Messrs Shafee & Co, sent a letter to the High Court seeking the trial scheduled on Feb 12 to be vacated pending his three interlocutory appeals before the Court of Appeal.

Jan 17, 2019 – Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) prosecution division chief Manoj Kurup, in a letter dated

Jan 17, 2019 to High Court Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali, objected to the defence’s request for postponement of the trial, saying that the application is “frivolous and would cause an unreasonable delay to the scheduled trial”.

Feb 11, 2019 – The Court of Appeal allowed Najib’s application to temporarily postpone the trial pending the disposal of his appeal over the public prosecutor’s withdrawal of the certificate of transfer on his seven charges.

Feb 14, 2019 – The Court of Appeal set March 11 and 12 to hear four appeals by Najib to reverse the High Court’s ruling over the interlocutory applications in the seven charges on the SRC funds.

March 11, 12, 15 and 18, 2019 – The Court of Appeal heard the four appeals by Najib.

March 21, 2019 – The Court of Appeal granted a stay to Najib to temporary stall the trial, pending disposal of his three appeals relating to interlocutory matters to the Federal Court which was earlier rejected by the Court of Appeal.

March 21, 2019 – The Court of Appeal dismissed Najib’s three appeals, namely his appeals to obtain a gag order to prohibit the media and public from discussing the merits of his criminal case; access to investigation documents including witness statement at pre-trial stage; and on the Attorney-General’s (AG) withdrawal of his transfer certificate.

March 21, 2019 – The Court of Appeal also allowed Najib’s appeal to have Datuk Sulaiman Abdullah to produce his letter of appointment to lead the prosecution team in his case.

March 27, 2019 – The Federal Court seven-man panel allowed the prosecution’s appeal to lift the stay of proceeding order granted by the Court of Appeal to Najib to temporarily stall the trial pending disposal of his appeals over his interlocutory matters.

March 28, 2019 – The High Court set April 3 at 2pm for the trial of Najib’s SRC case.

April 1, 2019 – Najib filed another bid (a judicial review application) against the Federal Court’s refusal to grant him an order to stay the trial of his SRC case.

Source: Bernama

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