Former Malaysia PM Najib to face several charges in court

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PUTRAJAYA - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to face several charges for committing offences under two Acts, sources said.

Highly placed sources at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com­mission (MACC) said Attorney General Tommy Thomas is expected to lead the prosecution team and Najib will be brought to court about 8.30am.

"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 RM42 million (S$14.2 million) and believed to be linked to the SRC International Sdn Bhd case.

The offences are those spelled out under Section 409 of the Penal Code and under the Anti Money-Laundering, Anti-Ter­rorism Finan­cing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (Amla).

On hand to assist Thomas in court today will be senior prosecutors from the AG's Chambers Datuk Mohd Hanafiah Zakaria and Datuk Ishak Mohd Yusoff.

Hanafiah is the head of the Member of the Expert Council (Prosecution) unit in the Chambers.

Najib's family members confirmed that the former prime minister would be represented by senior lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

Former Malaysia PM Najib charged with corruption

  • 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.

Earlier 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.

Sources also revealed that the former prime minister looked crestfallen and tense when he was brought to the questioning room.

He was clad in a light-coloured shirt and blue suit.

Sources added that Najib was quiet most of the time.

"Investigators brought him inside for questioning as soon as he arrived at MACC," a source said.

Lawyer Shafee was seen entering the MACC office at 8.30pm.

Earlier in the morning, pressmen were waiting outside the MACC headquarters for former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who was being questioned by investigators.

As word spread of Najib's arrest, the reporters rushed to the main entrance of the MACC building in the hope of catching Najib as he was brought in.

However, by then it was unclear whether Najib had already entered the building through a different entrance.

A spokesman from the MACC later confirmed that Najib was in the building.

Members of the media returned to the MACC lobby, where they had been stationed earlier, in time to catch Dr Ahmad Zahid.

Also read: Value of cash and goods seized from Najib-linked residences amounted to about RM1 billion

The MACC had launched investigations on Najib following the 1MDB controversy.

The Commission is looking into allegations that some RM42mil had gone into Najib's account from SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1MDB.

According to Bernama, a court source said Najib would be charged at the Criminal Sessions Court 2 located at Level 4 on the right wing of the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex.

The case, according to the news agency, would be mentioned before the most senior Sessions Court judge Datuk Zainal Abidin Kamarudin, and then transferred to the Criminal High Court 1 before Justice Azman Abdullah.

SRC International was a subsidiary of 1MDB, and was placed under the jurisdiction of the Finance Ministry in 2012.

MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull said on May 22 that the MACC probe in 2015 against Najib involved funds of RM2.6bil and RM42mil that were believed to have been transferred from SRC International to the former prime minister's personal bank accounts.

Also read: Malaysia seeks to lay multiple charges against ex-premier Najib over 1MDB: Mahathir

Malaysian police search places linked to ousted PM Najib

  • The cash and items seized from the six residences linked to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak amounted to between RM900 million (S$304 million) and RM1.1 billion, say the police.
  • He said that more than 12,000 pieces of jewellery - comprising 2,200 rings, 1,400 necklaces, 2,100 bracelets, 2,800 pairs of earrings,1,600 brooches and 14 tiaras were seized.
  • He added that this was the biggest seizure in Malaysian history.
  • Najib's wife Rosmah Mansor arrived at the headquarters of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to have her statement recorded in connection with a suspicious transfer of about $10.6 million (S$14.2 million) from the former 1MDB unit SRC International.
  • The sum is just a fraction of the billions of dollars allegedly siphoned from 1MDB, the state fund that Najib set up, in a scandal that dogged the last three years of his near-decade-long rule and was a key reason why he was voted out in a May 9 election.
  • M. Puravalen, a lawyer acting for Najib and Rosmah in connection with the SRC investigations, told Reuters on Tuesday he had "ceased acting" for Najib and Rosmah.
  • He said a second lawyer, Yusof Zainal Abideen, had also quit.
  • Puravalen, Abideen and other members of their legal team were reported to have walked out because they failed to reach common ground with Najib on several issues.
  • Najib has already made a series of statements to anti-graft investigators
  • but attention has shifted to his wife after police discovered hundreds of luxury handbags and a stash of jewelry and cash during raids on apartments linked to Najib and his family.
  • Malaysian police have seized 284 boxes filled with designer handbags, watches, jewellery and cash in various currencies from three luxury condominiums.
  • Comm Amar said the designer handbags were of various brands including Louis Vuitton and Birkin bags from Hermes.
  • He added that it was impossible for police to estimate the value of the items seized because there were just too many items and cash seized.
  • He also said that the apartment was not owned by Najib but a "Tan Sri".
  • Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Seri Amar Singh, who led the raids at Pavilion Residences here said this was part of its investigations into 1MDB.
  • This follows a police check of six locations linked to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak here and in Putrajaya, including the Prime Minister's Office, his official residence as well as four other residences.
  • When asked whether Najib would be arrested, he said: "There is no indication that they (the police) will do it."
  • He said Najib and his family were cooperative with police. "They (the police) also acted professionally," he said.
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