New Malaysian judge to preside in ex-PM Najib's court case

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KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali will preside over the criminal cases of former prime minister Najib Razak, replacing another justice whose brother is an Umno leader in Pahang state.

Najib's name was spotted on a list under criminal High Court 3 on the judiciary's website, which is Justice Mohd Nazlan's court.

Najib was early last month charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of abuse of power concerning RM42 million (S$14 million) worth of payments allegedly received by him from SRC International, a former subsidiary of state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). He pleaded not guilty to all four charges.

The judge who heard those charges read in court on July 4 against the former premier was Justice Mohd Sofian Abd Razak.

The case management of the Najib case will be heard on Aug 8.

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  • 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 LangĀ­gak 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.

But it later emerged that Justice Mohd Sofian is the younger brother of a Pahang state Umno leader Datuk Seri Mohd Soffi Abdul Razak. This led the Malaysian Bar to call for the judge to recuse himself from the case.

Justice Mohd Nazlan was recently transferred to the criminal court from the commercial division.

Justice Mohd Nazlan, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence and a Master of Arts from University of Oxford, will be hearing a case management in Najib's case that has been fixed for Aug 8.

The 51-year-old is a Barrister at Law of Lincoln's Inn.

Before joining the judiciary, Mohd Nazlan previously worked at the Securities Commission and Maybank.

He also practised at Zaid Ibrahim & Co, a large local law firm, for five years as a partner.