Sri Ram confident to continue 1MDB trial despite Covid-19 concerns

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  • Monday, 16 Mar 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram (pic), who is leading the prosecution in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial, is confident of continuing the prosecution this coming Thursday (March 19).

The 76-year-old former Federal Court judge, who had been tested for Covid-19 last Friday, will know his results by Tuesday (March 17).

"I'm perfectly fine, I will prosecute this Thursday," he said when contacted Monday (March 16).

The test was conducted by Dr Ashween Kaur and his team at a medical centre here.

Last Thursday, Sri Ram informed High Court judge Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah that he would undergo a second test for Covid-19, after being in contact with two patients-under-investigation (PUIs).

Justice Sequerah vacated the 1MDB hearing on the same day, after he was informed that the defence team led by Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah had to be tested for the virus after his sister-in-law was in contact with a positive Covid-19 patient.

The sister-in-law had attended a kenduri hosted by Shafee at his house.

However, last Friday, it was reported that Shafee's test results came back negative.

Najib, 67, is facing four charges of abusing his position to obtain gratification totalling RM2.28bil in 1MDB funds and 21 counts of money laundering involving the same funds.

Shafee is expected to continue the cross-examination of ninth prosecution witness, former 1MDB CEO Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi, when the hearing resumes.

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