High profile cases deferred

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The shutdown of court premises following the nationwide movement control order to curb the spread of Covid-19 would effectively halt three high-profile graft cases, including 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial, that were supposed to resume this month.

The 1MDB trial involving former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak relating to RM2.28bil should have resumed this Thursday after taking a break to make way for the recently concluded SRC International Sdn Bhd.

The graft trial of Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was supposed to resume on March 23.

Meanwhile, the graft trial of former federal territories minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor was scheduled on March 25.

Deputy public prosecutors Ahmad Akram Gharib (1MDB case), Datuk Raja Rozela Raja Toran (Zahid’s case) and Julia Ibrahim (Tengku Adnan’s case) confirmed their respective cases have been postponed.

“When the court reopens, it will give new dates, ” DPP Julia said when contacted.

On Monday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced a nationwide movement control order from today to March 31 to help curb the outbreak.

The order, which is the first in the country’s history, affects non-essential services which includes court operations.

In another development, lead prosecutor in the 1MDB trial Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram has tested negative for Covid-19.

“I have been cleared. Perfectly fine, ” he told the press.

The 76-year-old former Federal Court judge had taken the Covid-19 test after being in contact with two patients under investigation (PUIs).

Lead defence counsel for Najib, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, had also been cleared of Covid-19 after being in contact with his sister-in-law who was a PUI.

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