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Najib’s 1MDB trial to resume after lockdown delay

It was initially scheduled to resume on June 29 but was postponed due to the lockdown order.

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Former prime minister Najib Razak’s 1MDB trial will resume at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on July 5.

Deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib said the case was initially scheduled to resume on June 29 before justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah, but was postponed due to Phase One of the movement control order under the National Recovery Plan.

“We received an email from the court yesterday afternoon informing us that the trial of the 1MDB case has been postponed. According to the schedule set earlier, the next trial date will start from July 5 to 8,” he said when contacted on WhatsApp today.

The case was last heard on May 27.

Najib’s lawyer Wan Aizuddin Wan Mohammed is expected to continue cross-examining the 10th prosecution witness, former 1MDB CEO Mohd Hazem Abdul Rahman, 49, when the trial resumes.

Najib, 67, is facing four charges of using his position to obtain bribes totalling RM2.3 billion from 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.

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