- Title: Former Malaysian PM Najib was 'misled' - lawyer
- Date: 28th August 2019
- Summary: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (AUGUST 28, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** MALAYSIAN FORMER PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK LEAVING COURT ROOM NAJIB'S LAWYER, SAHFEE ABDULLAH, LEAVING COURT ROOM SAHFEE WALKING TO NEWS CONFERENCE NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE)(English) NAJIB'S LAWYER, SAHFEE ABDULLAH, SAYING: "As you know, this is not a secret. We have been telling you in (the hearing of) SRC and we have been telling you here that our defence is pretty identical. Namely this. My client himself has been misled and some of the names we mentioned, among others is Jho Low himself, has misled many people, misled the bank, his misled 1MDB, mislead even when 1MDB was PIA. We will raise all this. So to say that my client is the alter ego (of Jho Low), I want to see them proving it." (MUTE) CAMERA OPERATORS FILMING (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEFENCE COUNSEL, SAHFEE ABDULLAH, SAYING: "Number two, we have always said that whatever is the money, my client believed, honestly, that it came from the Saudi king. Because they met the Saudi king and there was a promise of one billion (dollar) and money did come into his account." WHITE FLASH NEWS CONFERENCE ENDING
- Embargoed: 11th September 2019 08:36
- Keywords: Najib Razak trial 1MDB case court
- Location: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
- City: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
- Country: Malaysia
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA001AU4S093
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- Story Text: Malaysian former Prime Minister Najib Razak went on trial on Wednesday (August 28) over a multibillion-dollar fraud case at state fund 1MDB.
On the opening day of the biggest trial into the 1MDB financial scandal, prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram said Najib used his position to evade justice, especially after news of the scandal broke in July 2015.
Malaysian and U.S. authorities allege that about $4.5 billion was misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a state fund co-founded by Najib in 2009.
Najib was voted out of power last year amid widespread public anger over the scandal, and has since been charged with 42 criminal offenses linked to losses at 1MDB and other state entities. He has denied any wrongdoing and says the charges against him are politically motivated.
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