1MDB trial kicks off today

From left: Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah (lead defence), Dato’ Seri Gopal Sri Ram (lead prosecutor), Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak (the accused). Source (pic): TTF

The highly-anticipated 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial involving Datuk Seri Najib Razak will start today with the prosecution scheduled to call six witnesses.

The former prime minister is facing four charges of having used his positions to obtain gratification totalling RM2.3 billion in 1MDB funds and 21 counts of money laundering involving the same money.

On the four corruption charges, Najib, 66, is alleged to have committed the offences at the Jalan Raja Chulan branch of AmIslamic Bank Berhad, at No. 55, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Ceylon here between Feb 24, 2011 and Dec 19, 2014 and he was charged under Section 23(1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act and under Section 24 (1) of the same Act.

For the 21 money laundering charges, Najib is alleged to have committed the offences at the same bank between March 22, 2013 and Aug 30, 2013.


KUALA LUMPUR: The highly-anticipated 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial involving Datuk Seri Najib Razak will start today with the prosecution scheduled to call six witnesses.

The trial will be heard before High Court Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah at 9.30am.

Deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib when asked on the trial today said the prosecution would begin its case with former Federal Court Judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, who was appointed as senior deputy public prosecutor in the case, to read an opening statement followed by calling its first witness.


He said the witnesses to be called today are an administrative officer from Malaysian Members of Parliament Affairs Division and officers from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Ahmad Akram said he would be handling three witnesses while another DPP would handle the rest.

The former prime minister is facing four charges of having used his positions to obtain gratification totalling RM2.3 billion in 1MDB funds and 21 counts of money laundering involving the same money.

On the four corruption charges, Najib, 66, is alleged to have committed the offences at the Jalan Raja Chulan branch of AmIslamic Bank Berhad, at No. 55, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Ceylon here between Feb 24, 2011 and Dec 19, 2014 and he was charged under Section 23(1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act and under Section 24 (1) of the same Act.

He faces an imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine of up to five times the sum or value of the gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if found guilty.

For the 21 money laundering charges, Najib is alleged to have committed the offences at the same bank between March 22, 2013 and Aug 30, 2013.

All the charges were made according to Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 (AMLATFA), which provides for a maximum fine of RM5 million and jail term of five years, or both, upon conviction.

Previously, Justice Sequerah had set Aug 19 to 29, the month of September and October except for Fridays, and the first two weeks of November for Najib’s 1MDB trial.

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