Court fixes April 15 as hearing date for bid to strike out Najib's suit against ex-AmBank manager

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  • Tuesday, 04 Feb 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has set April 15 as the hearing date for former AmBank relationship manager Joanna Yu's application to strike out a lawsuit against her filed by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Najib had filed the suit against Yu, AmBank Islamic Berhad, and AMMB Holdings Berhad for alleged mismanagement of his bank accounts with AmBank on Dec 9,2019.

Yu's lawyer Datuk Dr Gurdial Singh Nijar informed the media of the date after a case management in chamber with High Court judge Justice Khadijah Idris and Najib's lawyer Muhammad Farhan Muhammad Shafee on Tuesday (Feb 4).

Gurdial said that Justice Khadijah also allowed Yu to delay filing her defence to Najib's suit until her application to strike out the suit have been heard by the court.

"We are expected to file a defence but we have said that we need not file defence until the striking out application (is heard), because we feel that there is no course of action for him (Najib) to proceed (with the suit) in the first place.

"So, the court has agreed with us that as far as Yu is concerned, she need not file a defence until after the disposal of the striking out application and the striking out hearing date is fixed for April 15," he told the media.

He added that Yu was supposed to file her defence last Friday (Jan 31).

Muhammad Farhan, meanwhile, told the media that the court has set Dec 14 to 17 as trial dates for Najib's suit should the strike out application be set aside.

He added that Justice Khadijah also told the other two defendants, AmBank and AMMB Holdings, to file a strike out application by March 2 if the two parties intended to do so.

Najib's suit, filed through Messrs Shafee & Co, claimed that the defendants had disclosed his bank statements, debit and credit remittance transactions, and balances of funds of his bank account ending 694 to fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, better know as Jho Low, without authorisation.

The suit alleged that the defendants inform him of Low's action regarding the said bank account and that the bank had facilitated unauthorised third party to make money transfers between his other accounts (ending with 880,898 and 906).

The Pekan MP also claimed that Yu and AmBank had committed negligence while handling his bank accounts (ending with 694,880,898 and 906) by disclosing them to Low.

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