Najib pleads not guilty in SRC money laundering trial

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KUALA LUMPUR - Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak maintains his plea of innocence on three counts of money laundering relating to SRC International Sdn Bhd five years ago.

The plea was recorded before Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan when it was brought for mention for the first time at the High Court here on Wednesday (March 13).

DPP Manoj Kurup, who appeared for the prosecution, applied for a date for case management.

The court then fixed April 17 for mention.

On Feb 8, Najib was charged at the Sessions Court here to three counts of money laundering by receiving RM27 million (S$8.95 million), RM10 million and RM10 million, which was a result of illegal activities, in his three AmPrivate Banking accounts.

All the offences were allegedly committed at AmIslamic Bank Bhd, Ambank Group Building, No 55, Jalan Raja Chulan on July 8, 2014.

The charges were framed under Section 4 (1) (a) of the 2001 Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act which provides for a maximum fine of RM5mil or imprisonment not exceeding five years or both, upon conviction.

Meanwhile, in a separate proceeding at a different High Court, Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali fixed next Monday (March 18) for case management in Najib's case involving seven charges relating to RM42mil in SRC International funds.

On the date, the prosecution will be updating the High Court on result of Najib's four interlocutory appeals which is fixed for hearing this Friday (March 15) at the Court of Appeal.

The appeals are on Najib's application for a gag order to prohibit the media and the public from discussing the merit of his criminal cases; his application for the recovery of documents and statements; withdrawal of certificate of transfer and his challenge on the appointment of lawyer Datuk Sulaiman Abdullah as the lead prosecutor in his seven charges pertaining to SRC International.