Court rejects Najib’s application and  trial on 7 charges begins

KUALA LUMPUR April 3: Attoney General (AG) Tommy Thomas said that evidence will be established that in December 2014, the accused former Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s credit card was charged US130, 625 for expenses made at Chanel, an exclusive fashion store in Honululu.

He also mentioned that evidence will also be established that personal cheques were issued amongst others for the payment of renovation works carried out at the accused’s residence at Jalan Langgak Duta and residence in Pekan Pahang and cheques issued to various Barisan Nasional component political parties .

“The burden is now on the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of the criminal charges preferred against him at this trial,” said the AG in the High Court today.

Earlier Thomas in his opening speech said that Najib is accused of offences committed during his time in office, when he also held the position of Finance Minister. These offences were committed during his time in both positions simultaneously, combining maximum political power.

The court interpreter then reads the seven charges to Najib

Earlier Justice Mohd. Nazlan dismisses Najib’s application (that the criminal breach of trust (CBT) and abuse of position charges against Najib are defective) to have his motion to be heard today before the commencement of the trial.

“That can be heard at a later date,” Mohd. Nazlan said.

The  court orders for the trial to start immediately this afternoon.

Earlier Thomas objected saying that the defence is using delaying tactics. “If they are saying something is wrong with the charges, they had ample time(to do before). But certainly not this morning. There can be no inference from this conduct other than (that) they are trying to delay the trial.”

Defence Lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafiee Abdullah said, there are matters ought to be taken before trial starts before we call witnesses. We have filed a certificate of urgency this morning.

Muhammad Shafiee informed the court that defence has filed an application stating that CBT and abuse of position charges against Najib are defective and asked that the application be heard first and AG Tommy Thomas objects.

However the first, prosecution witness, Muhamad Akmaludin Abdullah,35, an assistant registrar at the Companies Commission Malaysia is called to the stand. –Malaysia World News

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