Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 80

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The defence want the court to compel ‘uncooperative’ MACC witness to be interviewed by the accused’s lawyers.

9.59am: Accused Najib Abdul Razak enters the High Court and takes a seat at the front row of the public gallery.

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Also seen in court are Attorney-General Tommy Thomas and other DPPs, as well as members of Najib’s defence team.

10.06am: Najib enters the dock as proceedings begin.

10.10am: Lead defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah makes an oral application for a court order to compel a MACC investigating officer involved in Najib’s RM2.28 billion 1MDB case to be interviewed by the defence team prior to the officer testifying in court.

Shafee informs High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali that this is because MACC assistant commissioner Mohd Nasharudin Amir declined to be interviewed by the defence team, prior to him (Nasharudin) testifying as the seventh defence witness in court today.

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Shafee argues that the defence interviewing Nasharudin prior to testimony is vital to a fair trial for Najib’s defence stage of trial.

“We have right to interview the witness so we can get from him the relevant evidence so that no-nonsense evidence come into court in order to ensure a fair trial,” Shafee says.

Attorney-General Tommy Thomas argues that a witness can opt to not be interviewed before taking the witness stand, as it is a normal process and that the power has no power to compel such witness to be interviewed beforehand.

“If (defence team) cannot meet witness or not meet, this is not the first time it happens, and the (defence) lawyer must make judgement call (whether to even call such witness or not),” Thomas says.

Thomas indicates to the court that Nasharudin is already in the witness room and that he is ready to take the stand as the seventh defence witness, regardless of whether the witness wanted to be interviewed by the defence team or not.

Nasharudin was not in the list of witnesses offered to the defence.

10.48am: The High Court has fixed Monday next week to hear an application by Najib’s defence team to interview Nasharudin prior to taking the stand as a defence witness.

Justice Nazlan sets the hearing date to allow both the defence and prosecution to prepare submissions on the issue.

On the same day, the court will also hear Najib’s application to obtain audio recordings from MACC, believed linked to 1MDB, which he said were crucial for his on-going cases.

The proceedings take a short break.

11.21am: Proceedings resume.

11.32am: Justice Nazlan allows proceedings to adjourn to Monday next week.

This follows housekeeping discussion between the defence and prosecution in relation to the defence’s application to compel Nasharudin to be interviewed by the defence prior to testifying in court.

Today is the last scheduled day for Najib’s RM42 million SRC trial, with the accused set to undergo resumption of his RM2.28 billion 1MDB trial before a separate Kuala Lumpur High Court tomorrow (Feb 18) and on Friday (Feb 21) this week.

Najib’s SRC trial is scheduled from Monday to Thursday next week.

Aside from Nasharudin, other potential witnesses that Najib’s defence may call are Putra Perdana Construction director Rosman Abdullah and Australian handwriting expert, Dr Steven Strach.

During the prosecution stage of the SRC trial last year, Putra Perdana Construction came up during testimony before the court.

Strach is the Australian handwriting expert who was allowed by the court to analyse Najib’s disputed signatures on key SRC documents.

Upon the conclusion of Rosman’s testimony, lawyers from both sides will present their final submissions before the judge, who will rule at a later date on whether to convict or exonerate Najib of the criminal charges.

1pm: The trial is adjourned for the day and scheduled to resume next Monday.

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