1MDB trial adjourned as Najib has eye infection

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  • Thursday, 12 Sep 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) corruption trial was adjourned because the former prime minister is down with an eye infection.

Defence counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah informed the court that he received news in the morning that his client was suffering from conjunctivitis.

“I received a call this morning from my client (Najib) and his wife (Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor) saying he has conjunctivitis, ” Muhammad Shafee said, adding that it could have been due to the haze.

“He is now at home and will go to meet the specialist.”

He later confirmed that Najib was granted two days of medical leave by the specialist.

Lead prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram said the prosecution team had planned for witness Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin to identify several individuals, but this was not possible due to Najib’s absence from court.

Amhari, Najib’s former special officer, was supposed to be on the stand again yesterday.

The trial will continue before High Court judge Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah on Tuesday.

Najib, 66, faces 25 charges in total – four for abuse of power that allegedly brought him financial benefit to the tune of RM2.3bil; and 21 for money laundering involving the same amount of money.

He was charged with the four abuse of power charges under Section 23(1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act, punishable under Section 24(1) of the same law.

He faces imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine of up to five times the sum or

value of the gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if found guilty.

Around 40 supporters of Najib from various areas in Pahang were also present at the courthouse yesterday to show their support for the former premier.

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