Argument over former Malaysian PM Najib's bail amount lasted an hour

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KUALA LUMPUR - The argument for bail in the case of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak took about an hour before it was fixed at RM1mil (S$336,000) at the High Court.

Attorney General Tommy Thomas said that although the charges were of a non-bailable nature, the prosecution would not object if the court used its discretion to grant bail.

"We propose RM4mil in two sureties. We also ask for the accused to surrender his passport. As for the RM4mil, we want it in cash," he said.

Najib's lawyer Tan Sri Muham­mad Shafee Abdullah, however, argued that the amount was excessive.

"My client is not a flight risk. He has an unblemished record, an MP since 1976, and he also served as Pahang mentri besar. He doesn't even have a traffic offence," he said.

The court was told that Najib's bank account and those of his wife and his children had been frozen.

Muhammad Shafee said Najib, through his wife and children, had to ask money from family and friends, adding: "My client is ready to put his family home in Langgak Duta as collateral."

He then proposed bail between RM500,000 and RM800,000 in two sureties. He said Najib would surrender both his civilian and diplomatic passports to the court.

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  • Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to face several charges for committing offences under two Acts, sources said.
  • "We believe Najib will be charged under the Anti Money-Laundering Act and the Penal Code," a source told The Star yesterday.
  • Other sources said Najib is expected to face four counts of committing criminal breach of trust and anti-money laundering charges involving a total of RM42mil and believed to be linked to the SRC International Sdn Bhd case.
  • Yesterday, Najib was arrested at his house in Jalan Lang­gak Duta in Kuala Lumpur at about 3pm and was whisked to the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya about an hour later.
  • Supporters of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak hold up signs, ahead of his arrival to court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Rosmah Mansor, wife of Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak, leaves a courtroom in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Family members of Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak leave a court in Kuala Lumpur
  • Malaysia's Attorney-General Tommy Thomas speaks during a news conference outside a courtroom in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • A supporter of Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak conflicts with a police officer outside a court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Thomas, however, objected to putting up the property as collateral, saying: "In the case that the accused did abscond, the court would have to take action to sell the house. Why should the agencies be saddled with the responsibility to cash the property in the event of absconding?"

Justice Mohd Sofian Abd Razak said the court decides on the quantum of bail based on the facts of each case.

"This is the first time this court is hearing a case involving a former prime minister. The only reason the RM4mil was proposed was based on a percentage of the amount.

"In a sum view of RM42mil, 10 per cent is about RM4mil. ... Bail is set at RM1mil in cash in two sureties and the accused has to surrender both his passports," the judge said.

The court also agreed for the bail payment to be in two instalments. Najib left the court complex after paying RM500,000 today. The remainder will be paid on Monday.

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