Kadir Jasin: Najib Delaying Graft Trial

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Najib’s legal team seeking to indefinitely postpone Najib’s criminal breach of trust and money laundering trial. 

Veteran newsman A Kadir Jasin today claimed that former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak was employing delaying tactics for his graft trial as had been the case with other politicians.

However, Kadir said some of Najib’s cases, particularly the money-laundering ones, were normally easier to prove compared to sodomy or murder cases.

“As expected, Najib’s defence team has begun to employ tricks to delay the trial. The tricks they use are similar to those used by other politicians when they were brought to court.

“It started with Najib refusing to enter the dock and his defence team trying to remove certain officers in the prosecution team.

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“The only tactic Najib hasn’t used is to pretend that he is sick and asking to be hospitalised. Instead, we see that he is active in politics, on social media as well as campaigning in by-elections,” he said.

Therefore, Kadir opined Najib and his alleged accomplices were unlikely to be going to jail anytime soon.

“Unless the easier cases, such as the money-laundering ones, are tried first.

“We can take the example of previous trials involving politicians. Criminal breaches of trust and abuse of power cases are easier to prove compared to murder and sodomy.

“Some say money-laundering offences are also similarly easier to prove,” he said.

Kadir’s opinion came in the wake of Najib’s legal team seeking to indefinitely postpone Najib’s criminal breach of trust and money laundering trial involving RM42 million from SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former 1MDB subsidiary.

On a related matter, Kadir noted that Najib had publicly stated that the 1MDB scandal was not his fault alone, but a “systemic failure”.

Kadir pointed out that it was already well-known that the scandal was a conspiracy to defraud.

As such, he questioned if Najib’s statement could be incriminating and have a bearing on his trial. – Malaysiakini