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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 | MYT 2:34 PM

June 15 hearing for Govt, PM's application to strike out suit

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has fixed June 15 to hear applications by the Government and the Prime Minister to strike out a lawsuit by Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua alleging abuse of power in relation to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds.

Judicial Commissioner Faizah Jamaludin has been assigned to hear the matter.

Speaking to reporters after the proceedings in chambers on Wednesday, Senior Federal Counsel Zureen Elina Mohd Dom said the Government intended to apply to strike out the suit on the grounds that there was no reasonable cause of action.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's lawyer Nik Alia Hanafi said the Prime Minister is applying to strike out the suit by citing, among others, that he is not a public officer in public office.

"We are saying the claim for misfeasance in public office can't be sustained on this basis," said Nik Alia.

Pua's lawyer Joanne Chua confirmed the details.

In his statement of claim dated Jan 16, Pua had named the Government and Najib, who is also the chairman of the Board of Advisors for 1MDB, as defendants.

Pua is seeking a declaration that Najib had committed misfeasance in public office and abused his public office by personally benefiting from his receipt of 1MDB funds.

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