Former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court for his SRC International Sdn Bhd trial. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 22 JANUARY 2020. handwriting expert
Former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court for his SRC International Sdn Bhd trial. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 22 JANUARY 2020.

By Kasthuri Jeevendran

KUALA LUMPUR – The application by former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for a handwriting expert to determine the authenticity of the signatures found in several documents belonging to the SRC International Sdn Bhd has been approved by the High Court.

High Court Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali allowed the application Australian expert to examine the documents and give his testimony next week, after listening to the arguments from both the prosecution and defence team.

According to Mohd Nazlan, Najib has the right for a fair trial and he can obtain any relevant statements of his choice to defend himself in the RM42 million SRC International trial.

However, he also said that the court has the rights to reconsider the testimony of the witness known as Dr Steven at the end of the trial.

“At the same time, the prosecution can also call for witnesses to deny the statements given by the defence witness according to the provision of Section 425 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

A total of 35 document exhibits have been used by the prosecution to establish prima facie against Najib, who faces seven charges of power abuse, criminal breach of trust and money laundering involving funds from SRC International.

From that amount, a total of 13 documents were questioned by the defence. Najib had also repeatedly told the court that he was unsure if the signatures which appeared to be his, were actually signed by him. -MalaysiaGazette

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