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May 10 hearing for Najib’s appeal for bank documents

The former prime minister claims these are relevant to his defence in his trial on the misappropriation of RM2.3 billion from 1MDB funds.

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Najib Razak’s appeal hearing in the Court of Appeal to obtain documents which he claims are relevant to his defence in his trial for the misappropriation of RM2.3 billion from 1MDB funds has been rescheduled for May 10.

The date was fixed following case management today before Court of Appeal deputy registrar Nurul Azrina Mohamed Yusof.

Deputy public prosecutor Mohamad Mustaffa P Kunyalam who appeared for the prosecution, and Nur Syahirah Hanapiah, who is representing the former prime minister, were present.

“The court fixed hearing on May 10. Submissions have already filed by the parties involved,” Mustaffa told reporters.

On July 12 last year, High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah dismissed Najib’s applications to obtain documents involving US investment bank Goldman Sachs, former Bank Negara Malaysia governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz’s family, and fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho.

On March 24 last year, Najib filed a court order to compel the prosecution to provide several banking statements from companies including Aktis Capital Singapore Pte Ltd, Country Group Securities Public Company Ltd, ACME Time Ltd, Butamba Investments Ltd, and Central Holdings Ltd, believed to be related to Jho Low and Zeti’s family in his 1MDB case.

The Pekan MP filed his second application on April 7 last year, seeking to obtain the confidential settlement agreement between the government and Goldman Sachs Group in 2020 and the transcripts or forensic report on the phones of former Goldman Sachs partner in Asia, Tim Leissner.

Najib is on trial for 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.

The trial is ongoing in the High Court before Sequerah.

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