Najib: Trial best opportunity to clear my name

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak arrives in court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia July 4, 2018.
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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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