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Najib SRC case: Will he walk or be called to enter defence? Decision today

Najib Abdul Razak will either walk free or be ordered to enter his defence to seven counts of abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money laundering involving RM42 million from SRC International.

The former prime minister will wait for the verdict from Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali who will rule on whether the prosecution has succeeded in establishing a prima facie case.

Today is set for the judge to deliver the court's verdict following the prosecution on Aug 27 closing its case against Najib over seven charges of abuse of power, corruption and money-laundering involving RM42 million of funds from SRC International.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court fixed this date for its decision on the prosecution-stage of the case against the former prime minister and finance minister, 58 days after the hearing first began on April 3.

The prosecution called a total of 57 witnesses over the course of the trial from Najib’s former AmBank relationship manager Joanna Yu to former second finance minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, among others.

Yu, who acted as the liaison between the former premier and the commercial bank in regards to his various bank accounts, testified that Najib spent RM606 million within three years from 2013.

Husni, meanwhile, admitted in court that he lied when he said his resignation as second finance minister in 2016 was not due to the 1MDB scandal, adding he did this because he wanted to protect then-premier Najib.

Nazlan previously set Dec 3 as the first day for the defence stage of the trial if Najib's defence is called.

He also set Dec 4, 9 to 12 and Dec 16 to 19 for the trial dates.

On the day the prosecution closed its case, Attorney-General Tommy Thomas offered 66 witnesses to Najib's defence team.

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