Lawyer claims Ng down with leptospirosis and dengue

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  • Saturday, 05 Jan 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Gold­man Sachs banker Roger Ng is suffering from leptospirosis and suspected dengue while being held in custody, says his lawyer who is trying to get him out on bail.

But Ng, who is currently under remand, will remain behind bars until Monday pending the decision of the Sessions Court on his application for his release on bail.

Datuk Tan Hock Chuan told the Sessions Court here that Ng was also suffering from a viral infection and his team of lawyers had written a letter to the prison authorities seeking medical treatment for Ng.

Tan added that the lawyers also had limited access to Ng despite having to prepare for his defence.

He said the lawyers were only given an hour per week to see Ng in prison to discuss his case.

The 47-year-old Ng, whose full name is Ng Chong Hwa, is being held under remand to assist investigations into the 1Malaysia Develop­ment Bhd (1MDB) scandal.

“It is a complicated case and there are so many instructions that we need to get but we only get limited access, not meaningful access to our client.

“All we are asking is for the applicant to have the right to prepare his defence. Give us a chance,” he said.

Tan said his client was willing to abide by any conditions imposed by the court in facilitating his release on bail. This includes surrendering his passport, reporting to the police, or be held under house arrest at any time the court deems fit.

DPP Nik Syahril Nik Ab Rahman objected to the application for bail.

“On record, we did not receive any notice of application (on bail). Today, the counsel has made a new submission citing the health condition of his client.

“On the issue of medical care, it can only be responded if counsel puts in a written application,” he said.

Sessions Court judge M.M. Edwin Paramjothy fixed Jan 7 for a decision after hearing submissions from both sides during a mention here yesterday.

The prosecution had on Dec 12 last year filed the papers for the application of the extradition proceeding against Ng upon the request of the United States government.

The following day, the High Court declined Ng’s application for bail following his remand under the Extradition Act 1992 in connection with the 1MDB investigation.

Ng, who was arrested here on Nov 1 last year in connection with the 1MDB investigation, would be sent to the US to face charges filed by the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

It was previously reported that the DoJ had charged fugitive Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho or Jho Low and two former Goldman Sachs investment bankers over the 1MDB scandal.

Low and Ng were charged at the Federal Court in the Eastern District of New York with conspiring to launder billions of dollars embezzled from 1MDB.

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