One down, four more cases to go for Najib

(The Star) – Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, now in jail over the RM42mil SRC International case, has four more pending court cases.

Najib, 69, is facing another trial involving SRC International Sdn Bhd. He is being charged with three counts of money laundering totalling RM27mil.

He is alleged to have received the RM27mil at AmIslamic Bank Bhd’s Jalan Raja Chulan branch, Kuala Lumpur, on July 8, 2014.

His second case involves four charges of using his position to obtain bribes totalling RM2.3bil from 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.

For his third case, Najib and Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah are jointly charged with six criminal breaches of trust (CBT) involving RM6.64bil of government funds in their capacity as finance minister and Treasury secretary-general respectively.

All the offences were allegedly committed at the Finance Ministry Complex, Putrajaya, between Dec 21, 2016, and Dec 18, 2017.

They were charged under Section 409 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 34 of the same Code, which provides for a maximum of 20 years’ jail and whipping, as well as a fine if convicted.

Another pending case is the 1MDB audit report tampering case where Najib is charged with power abuse.

Former 1MDB chief executive officer Arul Kanda Kandasamy is charged with abetting him.

Najib was said to have used his position to order amendments to the 1MDB final audit report before it was presented to the Public Accounts Committee to avoid any action being taken against him.

The offence was allegedly committed at the Prime Minister’s Department Complex, Federal Government Administrative Centre in Putrajaya between Feb 22 and 26, 2016.

Both were charged under Section 23 (1) of the MACC Act 2009, which provides for a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine of no less than five times the amount of gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.