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Sunday, June 30, 2019

NAJIB TRIAL - Day 30: Najib wants a day off to attend parliament

The criminal trial of former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak involving the alleged misappropriation of funds from SRC International Sdn Bhd enters its 30th today at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysiakini brings you live reports of the proceedings.

Summary of Najib’s SRC RM42 million case

Najib is facing 7 charges relating to RM42m involving SRC International, a former 1MDB subsidiary.

  • Shafee seeks adjournment of today's hearing
  • Najib enters the dock as proceedings start
  • Ex-SRC director walks into the witness stand with a cane
  • Najib takes seat at public gallery

Najib wants to attend parliament, seeks adjournment 
9.45am: The SRC International trial starts with lead defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah seeking the court to adjourn today's hearing.
Shafee tells the court that his client Najib Abdul Razak needs to attend today's parliament sitting, citing that a motion of "immense importance" is going to be debated in parliament today.
The motion he was referring to is the bill on declaration of assets for all MPs, which is expected to be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat as it starts its second session for this year at 10am today.
However, the bill is only expected to be tabled for first reading at about 5pm and hence the house is unlikely to vote on it today. 

Najib enters dock as hearing starts
9.44am: Najib Abdul Razak enters the dock as proceedings begin.
Also seen in court is Attorney-General Tommy Thomas, who heads the prosecution.

Walking with a cane, ex-SRC director enters the witness stand
9.38am: Wearing a black suit, former SRC International director Suboh Md Yassin enters court from the witness room.
Walking with a cane, he is seen assisted by DPPs as he enters the witness stand to resume examination-in-chief by DPP Ishak Mohd Yusoff.
It is understood that proceedings may start a bit later as one of the defence team, Harvinderjit Singh, has another matter in a separate court, before he can come to Najib's trial.

Najib enters courtroom
9am: Clad in a blue suit, former premier Najib Abdul Razak enters the courtroom and takes a seat at the front row of the public gallery to await the beginning of proceedings.
He is seen conferring with his lead defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

Who was behind the telephone call by a self-proclaimed MACC officer, whose urgings had sent then-SRC International director Suboh Md Yassin packing to Thailand out of fear of former premier Najib Abdul Razak?
Who were the unknown persons who not only arranged for Suboh and his wife’s flight from Bangkok to Abu Dhabi, but also paid for his one-week stay in the Rosewood Hotel?
These and other critical parts of Suboh's testimony are set to be further probed by both the prosecution and defence on the 30th day of Najib's RM42 million SRC International trial today.
When proceedings resume before Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali, deputy public prosecutor Ishak Mohd Yusoff is expected to resume his examination-in-chief of Suboh, the 42nd witness.
When the court last convened on June 20, Suboh delivered explosive testimony on why he fled Malaysia in 2015 and stayed overseas for three years, until after last year's general election.
The witness may be further probed over his testimony that he played no role in SRC International's decision-making, and that the company’s then-CEO Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil called all the shots with the approval of adviser emeritus Najib.
 - Mkini

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