Najib’s trial to start February 2019

Datuk Seri Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court, July 4, 2018.  ― Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
Datuk Seri Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court, July 4, 2018. ― Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 — The historic criminal and corruption trial of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will begin only in February next year.

High Court judge Datuk Mohd Sofian Abd Razak fixed the case for management on August 8, 2018, and tentatively set the trial for 19 days, starting from February 18 to March 15, 2019.

The tentative dates for the trial are: February 18 to 28; March 4 to 8; and March 11 to 15, 2019.

Najib, who will turn 65 on July 23, was slapped with three counts of criminal breach of trust under the Penal Code and one count of power abuse for self-gratification under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009.

He pleaded not guilty to all of them.

The judge imposed bail at RM1 million and granted an interim media gag order upon the request of Najib’s lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.