Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s defence team is running out of time to prepare its case for the forthcoming 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB) trial.

The High Court Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah has fixed next Monday, August 26, 2019, to commence the Najib-1MDB trial.

The prosecution team has handed over 15 volumes of case documents, including witness statements, consisting some 6,000 pages for the defence to scrutinise and prepare its case within the next one week.

But actually, the defence, headed by Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, only has some four days to go through the papers and make the necessary preparations.

Currently Shafee and his team are tied-up in the last leg of Najib’s trial involving SRC International Sdn Bhd.

The Najib-SRC trial should have been completed last week but hearing was cancelled for 3 days after Najib’s eyes suffered from conjunctivitis.

Hence, the prima facie trial shall be completed this week with the testimony from its final 57th prosecution witness, Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating officer Senior Assistant Commissioner Rosli Hussain.

Charges

Pekan MP Najib was slapped with seven corruption charges pertaining to RM42 million of SRC International funds.

The charges were 3 each for CBT under Section 409 of the Penal Code and money laundering under Section 4 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities (AMLA) Act 2001, and 1 for abuse of power under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009.

Najib, 66, was charged with committing the offences at AmIslamic Bank Bhd in Jalan Raja Chulan and the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya between Aug 17, 2011, and Feb 10, 2015.

In the forthcoming 1MDB trial, Najib has been slapped with total 25 charges involving nearly RM2.3bil of 1MDB funds.

The charges are four for abuse of power under the MACC Act and 21 charges of money laundering under AMLA.

The Pekan MP is alleged to have committed the offences at the AmIslamic Bank Bhd at No 55, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Ceylon between 2011 and 2014.

Fair Trial

Everyone is equal before the law and has every right to a fair trial.

Which means when a person is charged with a crime, or involved in some other legal dispute, the person has the right to a fair trial.

Hence, a fair public hearing within a reasonable time by an open, independent and impartial court is a must under the rule of law, a doctrine advocated by the country’s Rukunegara, the national principles of Malaysia.

A judge who cherishes the rule of law and liberty of a man is always obliged to uphold this national principle of justice.

He should give all those involved in a case adequate and sufficient time to prepare their cases.

Moreover, this case involves a former premier and finance minister, by definition a high profile case.

Thus the judge should not rush or seen to be hasty to start and conclude the trial at the expense of a fair trial.

It could raise a prejudicial question on “why the judge is in a hurry?”

“Is he under tremendous political pressure to convict a person sooner than later by forsaking a fair trial?”

Fatigue

The Najib-SRC case has already taken its toll on all those involved in it.

The accused and lawyers from both sides are lacking sleep and exercise, and losing their precious personal and family time as well.

Now with the start of 1MDB trial straightaway after the completion of SRC trial may even lead to those involved in it to suffer from fatigue.

The 1MDB has been scheduled to end somewhere this November.

But observers doubt, the trial could be completed by then.

“The SRC trial with only 7 charges was heard for over five months.

“Imagine how long it will take to complete the hearing for 25 charges,” asked a curious observer.

Najib faces a total 42 charges.

After the completion of SRC and 1MDB trials, he would face separate trials for the remaining 10 charges.

It’s just staggering to see a former premier being slapped with 42 charges pertaining to alleged abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money-laundering.

Mere Advisor

Najib was a mere advisor of 1MDB and SRC International.

The SRC trial has implied that Najib was never involved in any day-to-day business of the government-link companies (GLCs).

He was not even a member of either companies’ boards of directors.

He was also never entrusted with their funds.

The company laws have expressly stated that the board of directors, not the board of advisors, was the ultimate governing body of a company.

The board of directors is ultimately responsible and accountable for all dealing and wheeling in a company.

But the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government has set a bad precedent by going after a mere advisor of a company.

The PH vicious regime has persisted to charge a company advisor, rather than the directors.

Thus, it’s not an overstatement to suggest that Najib’s graft trials were political persecution driven by personal vengeance, hatred and vendetta.

3 COMMENTS

  1. ‘Vengeance is mine’ Almighty God says in the Bible but Mahathir Mohammad brewed poisonous venom to do a thorough political prosecution that should kill and dissolve Najib Razak and BN Govt. to protoplasm, molecues , atoms and ions.
    What principle of justice is this???
    TanSri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah who is under the stress of defending the innocent Najib Razak is now made to read 6000 pages within 4 days to prepare a FAIR 1MDB Trial to acquit Najib Razak.
    Bull Shit!!
    This is outright Foul Playing Laws to cause a Heart Attack to Defense Lawyer TanSri Shafee Abdullah. This is definitely planned by PH Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad who is the actual innovator of all the fraudulent charges on Najib Razak.
    I pray for Almighty Creator God of this Universe to put Mahathir Mohammad in a place that Mahathir deserves.
    Long Live Najib Razak!!!!
    Long Live TanSri Shafee Abdullah
    by a Praying grassroot supporter of BN party

  2. PH is not doing a good job in Najib’s SRC trial and it is panicking right now. During the trial, many have stated that the 2.6billion actually a donation that came from the Saudi government. As such, they want to rush 1MDB trail so that Najib can be put behind bars. In case, they fail to achieve their purported plan in victimizing Najib, they will be in trouble in the coming election. The people of Malaysia should understand that PH during the last election used hate-campaigns, lies, deceits, character assassination, deceptions and conspiracies to win the election. PH is a failed government. And it has failed badly. Though BN is not perfect, it was able to help the rakyat at all levels. There was a better understanding between the different races living in Malaysia. BN was a well-structured coalition between UMNO, MAC, MIC and others. The ministers back then were well-versed in the problems of the rakyat and they genuinely did their best to help the hardcore poor, the middle-class, business people, students, government servants, and others. Compare all that done by BN with what is happening in the era of PH. I don’t have to write more as you know the answer. May God save Malaysia from the evil hands of PH.

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