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Judge rejects Najib's request for expulsion of seven charges

LIVE BLOG | The criminal trial with former Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who allegedly misappropriated funds from International Sdn Bhd, will enter his 10th day at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

Nejib is tried in three cases of a criminal trust violation (CBT) under Section 409 of the Criminal Code; three numbers of money laundering pursuant to § 4 par. 1 let. (b) the 2001 Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Illegal Proceeds Act (AMLATFAPUAA) 2001; and one abuse of power under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009.

If convicted, Pekan MP can be sentenced to 20 years in prison, beating and fines for CBT charges; 20 years in prison and a fine of at least five times the relevant amount, or RM10,000, whichever is higher, for misuse of the power charge; and 15 years imprisonment and a fine of up to RMB 15 million or five times the amount, whichever is higher, for money laundering charges.

However, the trial, chaired by Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali, rejects the judge's decision whether to allow Najib's request to settle all charges to be served at 9:00 in the morning.

On Friday last week, the same court heard a lawyer's request to dismiss the charge on the grounds that he allegedly misled Najib by the alleged ambiguous wording of the charge in the charge.

The defense argued that it had an impact on the defendant's ability to understand the offenses for which he was accused and to prevent him from being able to defend himself.

If Nazlan rejects this request, the trial will be initiated today by the cross-examination of the witness's indictment, RBB Raja Chulan, R Uma Devi Branch Manager.

Last week, during the investigation into the prosecution's witness, Witness 21 testified to the alleged cash trail of millions of ringgits in the accounts associated with and beyond the Najib case between 2013 and 2015, among others.

Her testimony was conducted by a bank of documents seized at the bank in a raid by Negara on July 6, 2015.

On Thursday, during a cross-examination, Najib defenders grilled the witness on alleged mismatches on documents that authorize millions of Ringgits to transfer between bank accounts associated with the Najib case.

Attorney General Tommy Thomas leads a 13-member prosecution team, including prosecutors Sulaiman Abdullah, V Sithambaram, Manoj Kurup, Ishak Mohd Yusoff, Donald Joseph Franklin, Suhaimi Ibrahim, Muhammad Saifuddin Hashim Musaimi, Sulaiman Kho Kheng Fuei, Budiman Lutfi Mohamed Mohd Ashraf Adrin Kamaril, Muhammad Izzat Fauzan and Mohd Ashraf Adrin Kamaril.

Najib is represented by a 13-person defense team led by criminal lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

Other members of the defense team are former Advocate General II. Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden, Harvinderjit Singh, Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, Men Chong Loong, Devanandan S Subramaniam, Farhan Read, Wan Aizuddin Wan Mohammed, Muhammad Farhan Shafee, Tiara Katrina Fuad, Nur Syahirah Hanapiah, and Zahria Eleena Redza.

Judge rejects Najib's request for expulsion of seven charges

9:25: Nazlan rejects Najib's request to eliminate seven CBT charges, misuse, and money laundering.

The judge decides that the accused has not even been misled by prejudice, as the seven charges were framed.

"It has not been proven how the accused was accused of accusations in any way."

“The prosecution submitted documents to the defense.

"At this stage, nine days have passed (court proceedings), with 21 witnesses witnessing, with extensive cross-examination, requests for witness documents from that court.

"It's hard to accept that the defense was accused of charges," Nazlan says.

The judge also notes that any defect through omission or misrepresentation in the charge is not considered to be material at any stage unless it has been established that the accused was indeed misled.

9.19: Najib enters the dock as the procedure begins.

Najib has a place in the public gallery

8.48: Najib enters the court and sits in the public gallery in the first place to wait for the proceedings to begin.

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