At least 25 charges await as Najib arrives at KL court

KUALA LUMPUR - Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has arrived at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex, where he is expected to face 21 charges under the Anti-Money Laundering Act, Anti-Terrorism Financing Act and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (Amlatfa) 2001.

According to highly placed sources in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Najib is expected to face a total of at least 40 charges.

The charges involve the US$681 million (S$932 million) in 1MDB funds found in his personal account under Section 4(1) of the Amlatfa.

A statement issued by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said that the charges involved nine counts for receiving illegal monies, five counts for using illegal monies and seven counts for transferring illegal monies to other entities.

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Escorted by police outriders, Najib, clad in a dark navy suit, entered the court complex at 1.48pm on Thursday (Sept 20) in a black Honda Stream. He was accompanied by police officers as well as MACC officers.

Scores of journalists had gathered outside the complex from 11am to await his arrival.

Court officials and police issued passes to 98 journalists to allow them into the court complex.

Those who did not manage to obtain a pass had to mill about at the lobby and outside the court complex.

A small group of supporters, led by Pemantau Malaysia Baharu (PMB) president Datuk Lokman Noor Adam, is expected to show up in support for Najib at 2.30pm.

As security is tight, none of the supporters or members of the public would be allowed into the court compound.

Only journalists with official media tags from the Information Department are allowed in.

This will be Najib's third date with the courts, with the first being in July when he claimed trial to three charges of criminal breach of trust, and a fourth charge for receiving bribery of RM42 billion.

In August, Najib was slapped with three charges for money laundering.