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1MDB-linked corruption trial closes, with defence saying Najib was victim of a scam

Jun 05, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
KUALA LUMPUR - The corruption trial of Malaysia's former premier Najib Razak relating to funds misappropriated from SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad, has finally closed, with the judge setting July 28 for a verdict.

The defence has pinned the blame on elusive financier Low Taek Jho, otherwise known as Jho Low, calling Najib a "Victim of a scam".

Led by Shafee Abdullah - himself on trial for money-laundering and tax evasion - the defence has maintained that Low mismanaged Najib's accounts.

"It has become complicated for us to produce the best defence because Datuk Seri Najib is a victim of a scam, and misrepresentation by Jho Low and Nik Faisal," Shafee told the Kuala Lumpur High Court in his closing submissions this week.

A total of 57 prosecution and 19 defence witnesses, including Najib, had testified in the trial.