The Sessions Court has granted bail of RM1 million each to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdulah for the six criminal CBT offences involving RM6.63 million they are jointly charged with.
Lead prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram requested RM3 million in bail each for Najib and Irwan.
In mitigation, Najib’s counsel Dr Muhammad Shafee said that his client had already paid RM4.5 million in bail for his previous 32 charges, an amount which could be “highest in the history of Malaysia”.
“A bail’s only criteria is to ensure his attendance and nothing else. It cannot be punitive. It cannot be oppressive.
“Do we need to oppress him further with an atrocious amount of RM3 million? The quantum of bail should not be set so high,” Shafee said.
Meanwhile, Irwan’s counsel Datuk K Kumaraendran argued that there was no flight risk on his client’s part either as he had been under a travel ban since June.
He added that Irwan could not raise the RM3 million proposed by Sri Ram as he was a civil servant, urging the court to set bail at RM500,000 instead.
Judge Azman Ahmad granted the former prime minister and former Treasury secretary bail of RM1 million each with two sureties.
He also ordered them to surrender all their passports and told them not to be in contact with any of the witnesses.
He further ordered the duo to pay RM500,000 today and the remaining RM500,000 within 10 days from today.
Azman set Nov 29 for the next case mention, with Sri Ram saying the prosecution had no objection to any application to transfer the cases to the High Court.