Judge to decide on 6 Nov if Najib’s 1MDB charges to be ammended

The prosecution applied to amend 3 of 25 charges against Najib in the 1MDB trial, only changing the amount of funds stated in each

1MDB trial: Judge to decide on 6 November whether to amend Najib's charges to a lower amount
Justice Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah (left) has set 6 November to decide whether to amend former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's charges to a lower amount - MalaysiaXpress Graphics

KUALA LUMPUR — The High Court is set to decide on 6 November whether to grant permission to the prosecution to amend three of the 25 charges faced by former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial.

Today, Najib’s lead counsel Tan Sri Shafee Abdullah was scheduled to argue against amending three charges before Trial judge Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah but requested more time to prepare a list of facts related to the case, causing the hearing to be postponed.

“As I have informed Yang Arif yesterday, we are assembling together all the factual matrix in relation to the amendment which relates to the fourth charge, as well as the other two money laundering charges that are intended by the prosecution for purposes of amendment.

“Yang Arif, in spite of our best efforts, my team had been working and we produced this document, which is a summary of what we think is relevant for Yang Arif to decide on this issue. And we have noticed apart from people like Hazem, Tan Sri Zeti, Joanna Yu and Uma Devi and all that, there are a few more witnesses that we need to go through in order to come to a complete factual matrix,” Shafee said

Shafee stated that Najib’s legal team will complete their written additional submissions by next week. The prosecution can file its reply the following week, and the defence will have until the end of that week to file a final response.

“Which means Yang Arif, today we ask for Yang Arif to vacate in order for us to undertake this,” he said when applying for the hearing to not go on today.

Kamal Baharin Omar, the deputy public prosecutor, did not object to Shafee’s request for more time to prepare as he said the prosecution also needs time to prepare their response to Najib’s legal team’s arguments.

Judge Collin then said that he will deliver his verdict on 6 November regarding the prosecution’s request to amend the three charges.

The judge then allowed today’s hearing date to be vacated.

On Tuesday (24 Oct), the prosecution made an application to the High Court to amend three of the 25 charges that Najib is currently facing in the 1MDB trial, by changing only the amount of funds stated in each of the three charges.

Najib is facing four abuse of power and 21 money laundering charges over 1MDB funds. — MalaysiaXpress