PETALING JAYA - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that his court case will be the best opportunity for him to clear his name.
The ex-Prime Minister said that he hoped that the court case will follow the rule of law.
“I believe in my innocence. This is the best opportunity for me to clear my name after being heavily accused,” he told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Wednesday (July 4).
He also thanked the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) and the security team for treating him well and respecting him as a former prime minister.
He also thanked his followers who were present at the court for their support.
The High Court set the trial dates as Feb 18 to 28, March 4 to 8, and March 11 to 15, 2019.
In total, the trial will go on for 19 days.
The former prime minister has been charged with corruption and criminal breach of trust in a case linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
The 64-year-old was charged with misusing his position as a government official to receive a RM42mil bribe as inducement to provide a sovereign guarantee on behalf of the Malaysian Government for a loan of RM4bil from a government pension fund to SRC International Sdn Bhd.
He was also charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) in his capacity as Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Advisor Emeritus of SRC International, in which he was entrusted with the RM4bil.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Bail for Najib was fixed at RM1mil in cash and two sureties. He will also surrender both his normal and diplomatic passports.