The criminal trial of former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak involving the alleged misappropriation of funds from SRC International Sdn Bhd enters its 21st today at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysiakini brings you live reports of the proceedings.
9.13am: Najib Abdul Razak enters the dock as judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali enters court to begin proceedings.
8.58am: Accused Najib Abdul Razak, clad in cream-coloured suit, enters the court and takes a seat at the front row of the public gallery to await proceedings to begin.
Also seen entering the courtroom is his lead defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.
8.52am: Attorney-General Tommy Thomas enters the courtroom and takes a seat at front with other members of the prosecution team.
Najib Abdul Razak’s defence counsel Harvinderjit Singh is also seen seated at front, conferring with other members of the defence team in preparation of resuming cross-examination of former Retirement Fund Incorporated (KWAP) CEO Azian Mohd Noh.
After a week-plus Hari Raya break, former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s RM42 million SRC International abuse of power, graft and money laundering trial enters the 21st day today.
All eyes will be on the further testimony of former Retirement Fund Inc (KWAP) CEO Azian Mohd Nor when cross-examination by the defence team before Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali at 9am.
This is because back on May 29, the 38th witness’ testimony touched on her June 2011 meeting with then prime minister Najib to inform him about KWAP’s investment panel’s decision to only approve a RM1 billion loan to former 1MDB subsidiary, SRC International.
Earlier in 2011, SRC International had applied for a RM3.95 billion loan from KWAP. The panel eventually approved a loan of RM2 billion after obtaining a government guarantee.
However, there were gaps in her oral evidence, which lacked specifics of what transpired in the meeting between accused Najib and her as well as then KWAP chairperson Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Abdullah.
It prompted Nazlan to directly ask her about the gap in testimony, especially in reference to the lack of flow over the related sequence of events in her written witness statement.
However, Paragraph 24 then stated that former KWAP officer Amirul Imran Ahmat prepared papers for the panel to consider approving RM2 billion loan to SRC International for working capital and general investment purpose.
Azian had responded by telling Nazlan that she could not remember the sequence of events.
She also added that she could recall that a subsequent meeting of the panel witnessed Wan Abdul Aziz telling her to inform the said panel that Najib had told him (Wan Abdul Aziz) to expedite the loan and that RM2 billion would suffice.