1MDB trial adjourned again for Najib's conjunctivitis


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 18 Sep 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The ninth day of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial took an early break at 11.25am as Datuk Seri Najib Razak had a medical appointment to attend.

His lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah told the court that the former prime minister was having recurring symptoms that could again lead to conjunctivitis.

"I suspect it's the haze primarily.

"He is getting watery eyes and nose. His idea (of having the appointment for medical treatment) is to prevent it from becoming full-blown.

"The alternative is to go during the lunch hour but unfortunately the specialist centre in Mid Valley is closed during that time," Shafee said.

After a moment of bickering between Shafee and lead prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah ordered for the session to adjourn at 11.30am and to resume at 2pm, which would be continued until after 5pm.

The trial was first adjourned on Sept 11 to Tuesday (Sept 17) due to Najib's conjunctivitis, which also afflicted his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Najib, 66, faces 25 charges in total – four for abuse of power that allegedly brought him the 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 (MACC) 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.

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