1MDB trial postponed again after Najib suffers swollen eyes due to allergy


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 31 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The 1Malaysia Development Bhd trial hit another snag Thursday (Oct 31) due to Datuk Seri Najib Razak suffering from an eye-related illness.

Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah adjourned the proceeding - which was supposed to resume this afternoon - after Najib's lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah informed him that his client had swellings in both eyes.

"The swelling became worse. When Najib saw the doctor, the doctor was afraid that it might not be conjunctivitis.

"The doctor found that Najib is allergic to certain things. Tomorrow he might have a blood test in the evening," Shafee said.

The prominent lawyer also handed over microscopic photos of the eyes to the judge and the prosecution.

"Only three of us got this photos. I hope it is protected so that this would not go on the internet and become a subject of Halloween," Shafee said.

He also told the court that Najib had wanted to come but the swelling was so bad that it could not be covered by using oversized sunglasses.

Justice Sequerah then adjourned the proceeding. The hearing continues next Monday.

The proceeding had been postponed before due to Najib contracting conjunctivitis.

The Pekan MP, 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.


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