Ex-M’sia PM Najib Razak’s trial for alleged corruption, bribery & money-laundering set for Feb. 12
Najib's lawyer filed an application to stay the trial.
On Feb. 12, Malaysians will get to see the unusual and unprecedented sight of a former Prime Minister being put on trial.
The trial will focus on those allegations connected to Najib Razak’s oversight of funds held by SRC International Sdn, a former unit of 1MDB.
Here’s a list of the charges, according to Bloomberg:
- One charge of receiving bribes totalling RM42 million (S$14 million).
- Three counts of criminal breach of trust.
- Three counts of bribe-related money-laundering charges.
- 21 counts of receiving, using or sending illicit funds.
- Four counts of corruption related to US$681 million (S$923 million) in his personal bank accounts.
- Six counts of criminal breach of trust for Najib’s alleged role in an RM6.6 billion (S$2.2 billion) government payments to a sovereign wealth fund in Abu Dhabi, and other monies linked to pipeline and rail projects involving Chinese companies.
- One count of corruption for allegedly tampering with a state audit report into 1MDB.
- Three money-laundering charges related to allegedly receiving RM47 million (S$15.7 million) from illegal activities.
Former Treasury Secretary-General Irwan Serigar was jointly charged with Najib for his alleged role in the government payments, while former 1MDB President Arul Kanda was accused of abetting Najib in tampering with the state audit report.
Najib’s alleged role in 1MDB deals also came under scrutiny, including:
- US$2 billion (S$2.7 billion) joint venture with PetroSaudi International Ltd.
- RM10.6 billion (S$3.53 billion) bid for Tanjong Energy Holdings Sdn.
- RM2.1 billion (S$700 million) of funds from Tanore Finance Corp.’s account at Falcon Private Bank in Singapore.
If found guilty, Najib faces a sentence of up to 20 years’ in jail and a fine for the counts of corruption and criminal breaches of trust.
He also faces 28 counts of money-laundering charges, which carry fines and potential sentences of between five and 15 years.
However, there’s a chance that the trial may not go ahead as planned.
According to Bernama, Najib filed an application to stay his trial.
One of his lawyers, Harvinderjit Singh, filed the application on Feb. 8 at the Court of Appeal, together with a certificate of urgency.
As of Feb. 11, the trial could still be stalled, according to the Star Online.
A decision is expected to be made today.
If it does go ahead, the prosecution has nine witnesses set to testify, including government officials.
Top image from Najib Razak’s Facebook page.