Najib faces ten counts of criminal breach of trust

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Picture Credit: Video capture of Najib Razak leaving the MACC offices

The former prime minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, was arrested by the anti-graft commission yesterday afternoon over its probe into SRC International Sdn Bhd.

Reports said Najib will be charged at a Kuala Lumpur court tomorrow, where he is facing over 10 counts of criminal breach of trust.

Najib arrived at the Jalan Duta Court Complex, in Kuala Lumpur, early in the morning where a large number of the media was present to greet him with ‘Najib, Najib’.

Reports said at least 50 supporters of Najib were at the scene where a historic moment was to unfold.

Najib, the most powerful prime minister in Malaysia’s history, entered the courtroom to hear the charges against him.

Najib had spent the night in detention at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya.

He is expected to be slapped with several counts criminal breach of trust (CBT) linked to transactions involving SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former 1MDB subsidiary.

Malaysia Kini said Najib may face 10 charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT), but today he may face only three CBT charges.

One or two charges under the MACC Act 2009 will be brought against him on another day.

A further charge under the Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLA) 2001 may also be laid upon him.

Najib was brought before Sessions Court judge Zainal Abidin Kamaruddin before facing High Court judge Azman Abdullah.

The prosecution team is led by attorney-general Tommy Thomas. Najib’s defence is led by Shafie Abdullah.

9.09 AM at the Sessions Court the accused, Najib Abdul Razak learned that he is facing three charges under Section 409 of the Penal Code for criminal breach of trust.

Here is an extract from Malaysia Kini on the three counts of CBT:

The first charge – Between Dec 24 – 29, 2014, the accused, in his capacity as a public servant – holding the post of prime minister and finance minister, allegedly received RM27 million from SRC International at an Ambank branch in Jalan Raja Chulan in Kuala Lumpur.

Second charge –  Between Dec 24 – 29, 2014, the accused, in his capacity as a public servant – holding the post of prime minister and finance minister, allegedly received receive RM4 billion just from SRC International at an Ambank branch in Jalan Raja Chulan in Kuala Lumpur.

Third charge –  Between Dec 24 – 29, 2014, the accused, in his capacity as a public servant – holding the post of prime minister and finance minister, allegedly received receive RM10 billion just from SRC International at an Ambank branch in Jalan Raja Chulan in Kuala Lumpur.

The former premier was arrested at his residence. The local Social Media was abuzz with the arrest, a story that went viral instantly.

Most people said it was time for the arrest to be made.

In an interview with Malaysia Kini, Najib tried to pin his expected arrest on the Pakatan Harapan’s electoral promises.

He seemed to believe the new government did not have sufficient reasons to arrest him but was forced to do so due to the relentless campaign against him.

“I fear that due to the relentless campaign and allegations hurled against me, the new government has placed itself in a position where it would have no choice but to arrest and charge me,” said Najib.

A red Proton Inspira believed to be ferrying the former prime minister was seen leaving the MACC building at 7.37am.