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Najib, Irwan plead not guilty to charges

  • The court sets RM1 million bail each for Najib and Irwan. They are allowed to pay half of their bail today and settle the balance within ten days. Photo courtesy: Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 (Bernama) -- Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and former Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to six counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) of RM6,636,065,000 of funds belonging to the Malaysian government.

Najib, 65, and Mohd Irwan Serigar, 61, made the plea, after the charges were read out before Judge Azman Ahmad.

On the first count, Najib and Mohd Irwan Serigar were jointly charged with, in their capacity as Finance Minister and Treasury Secretary-General, respectively, and who were entrusted with the dominion of RM1.2 billion belonging to the Malaysian government, committed CBT of the fund.

For the second charge, Najib and Mohd Irwan Serigar were jointly charged, while holding the same post, committed CBT of RM655 million belonging to the Malaysian government which were entrusted to them.

On the third count, they were jointly charged, in their capacity as public servants and holding the same post, committed CBT of RM220 million belonging to the Malaysian government in Federal Consolidated Fund under "Belanja Mengurus di bawah Maksud B11 Perkhidmatan Am Perbendaharaan, Aktiviti 021700 KL International Airport Berhad (KLIAB)" that were entrusted to them.

The two men were also jointly accused , while in the same capacity, with CBT of RM1.3 billion that were entrusted to them Federal Consolidated Fund under "Maksud B11 Perkhidmatan Am Perbendaharaan, Aktiviti 020500 Subsidi Dan Bantuan Tunai" belonging to the Government of Malaysia.

On the fifth and sixth charge, they were jointly charged, while in same capacity, having committed CBT of CNY1, 950,000,000 (worth RM1,261,065,000) and RM2 billion, respectively, belonging to the government.

Najib and Mohd Irwan Serigar were alleged to have committed all the offences at the Finance Ministry Complex in 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 jail term of 20 years and whipping, and liable to fine, if found guilty.

Former Federal Court Judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, who has been appointed as the senior deputy public prosecutor is leading the prosecution team, while Najib is represented by lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, while lawyers Datuk K. Kumaraendran and Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent, represented Mohd Irwan Serigar.

The court sets RM1 million bail each for Najib and Irwan. They are allowed to pay half of their bail today and settle the balance within ten days.

The court has also set November 29 for mention of the case.

 

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