Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 70

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For and against having an expert examine and determine the authenticity of Najib’s signatures on key SRC documents.

9.04am: Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak enters the Kuala Lumpur High Court and takes a seat at the front row of the public gallery.

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Also seen in court are members of the prosecution and Najib’s defence teams.

9.10am: Attorney-General Tommy Thomas enters the High Court and greets other members of the prosecution team.

9.44am: Najib enters the dock as proceedings begin.

9.46am: Defence counsel Harvinderjit Singh begins submission on Najib’s application for an Australian handwriting expert to be allowed to examine and determine the authenticity of Najib’s signatures on key SRC International documents.

These documents were relied on by the prosecution to prove the prima facie case against Najib over seven charges of abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money laundering of RM42 million of funds from SRC.

10.15am: In his submission, Harvinderjit tells the court that they are disputing the authenticity of 13 documents tendered by the prosecution.

He says that the documents’ authenticity had not been conclusively determined, and thus why the defence wanted to call an expert witness to examine them and testify in court.

Harvinderjit also took a jab on the prosecution, saying that the burden to prove the authenticity was supposed to be on the latter.

“They are the one who produced these documents,” he says.

The counsel then refutes an earlier claim by the prosecution that Najib’s defence team was trying to pull a “trial by ambush” by wanting to call the expert at the defence stage.

According to Harvinderjit, they have been disputing Najib’s signatures on the documents since the prosecution stage of the case.

10.35am: Harvinderjit argues that the court needs to allow a Dr Steven to examine the 13 disputed documents because the Australian expert only examined scanned copies of the documents given to him by the defence in December last year.

“Dr Steven from Australia came back to us with a preliminary report. He said there is limitation as he could not determine if the documents have been manipulated or not until he sees the primary documents and until he examines the documents.

11.18am: Harvinderjit wraps-up his submission.

Court goes for a short break.

11.45am: Proceedings resume with DPP V Sithambaram submitting why the High Court should not allow Najib’s application for an Australian handwriting expert to examine key SRC documents.

11.50am: Najib’s defence team did not oppose the admission of key SRC documents with his disputed signatures in the early stage of trial, the High Court hears.

The DPP says the application was done in mala fide (bad faith) and a mere afterthought as it marks a “gostan” (U-turn) on their initial stance of allowing the admission of the documentary exhibits as evidence during the prosecution stage of trial last year.

“This application is an attempt to ask the court to unmark the documents which are already prosecution or defence exhibits, asking the court to renew its decision on flimsy and unsubstantiated grounds advanced by the defence. It is an afterthought,” Sithambaram submits.

12.15pm: Sithambaram says the attempt by the defence to call an expert witness at this juncture was only a “tactical manoeuvre”, claiming that they could have done it earlier during prosecution case.

“Since it is clear before and during the trial they were convinced of forgery, all the drama that they suspected forgery during trial was tactical manoeuvre to put prosecution at disadvantage.

“At stage where the prosecution has already closed its case,” Sithambaram submits.

“They chose to ignore it and now choose to open it,” he adds.

The government attorney also takes a swipe at the defence’s argument that the prosecution had failed to get an expert witness to examine the documents when they were making their case against Najib.

Sithambaram argues that they didn’t have to as the prosecution was relying on direct evidence in tendering the documents.

12.57pm: Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali adjourns proceedings for the day to 9am tomorrow.

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