Crime & Courts

Judge: 1MDB trial to continue on weekends

KUALA LUMPUR: For the first time ever, Datuk Seri Najib Razak's corruption trial for misappropriating millions of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MBD) funds will be held on Saturday.

The trial, commencing in August 2019 before presiding judge Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah has spanned over 200 days, during which testimony from 50 witnesses has been heard.

Sequerah, who is now a Court of Appeal judge, during the hearing today, fixed several additional dates including Saturdays to continue the trial.

The dates are April 27, May 4, and 25, as well as June 1, 8, 15.

As of today, former 1MDB general counsel Jasmine Loo Ai Swan has concluded her testimony after being cross-examined and re-examined by both prosecution and defence teams since she took the witness stand in February.

However, Loo is subjected to recall.

There are several other prosecution witnesses waiting to be recalled for defence to continue their cross-examination namely former Bank Negara Malaysia governor Tan Sri Zetty Akhtar Aziz, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) senior officer Nur Aida Ariffin, 1MDB former director and chairman Tan Sri Ismee Ismail as well as Tan Sri Mohd Bakke Salleh.

Najib, 70, is facing four charges of using his position to obtain bribes totalling RM2.3 billion from 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.

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