Najib’s 1MDB trial postponed to May 18

Najib’s 1MDB trial postponed to May 18
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KUALA LUMPUR (May 8): The resumption of Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s graft and money laundering trial involving RM2.3 billion worth of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) funds has been postponed to May 18.

According to deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib, Kuala Lumpur High Court deputy registrar Farah Azura Mohd Saad said the May 13 to 15 dates originally slated for the continuation of the former prime minister’s trial have been vacated.

The original trial dates were March 2-13, 19-20, 23-27 and 30-31; April 1-30; and May 4-8 and 11-22; however, in line with the implementation of the movement control order on March 18 to curb the spread of Covid-19, the courts were ordered to be closed and consequently the dates from March 19 onwards were vacated.

Najib’s hearing is expected to continue with his lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah continuing the cross-examination of former 1MDB chief executive officer Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi before Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah.

In this trial, Najib faces four charges of abusing his position to obtain gratification amounting to RM2.3 billion in 1MDB money and 21 counts of money laundering involving the same amount.