PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (pic) has been referred to the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital, says the Prisons Department.
It said Najib was referred there for further treatment and monitoring by Hospital Kuala Lumpur on Monday (Sept 19).
“He will be sent back to Kajang Prison to serve his prison sentence as soon as medical experts give him clearance,” the department said in a statement on Wednesday (Sept 21).
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It also said that it acted on a Sept 12 order by the Kuala Lumpur High Court that the former premier needed a medical examination after it was informed that he was ill.
“In accordance with Section 37 of the Prisons Act and its provisions as well as the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (Mandela Rules), the Prisons Department sent Najib to HKL for treatment by specialists there,” it said.
Najib is serving a 12-year sentence in Kajang Prison following the Federal Court’s decision on Aug 23 to uphold his corruption conviction involving RM42mil of SRC International funds.
The apex court also upheld the RM210mil fine imposed on him.
His ongoing trial on 1Malaysia Development Bhd-related corruption charges was vacated for a week owing to his medical condition.
His lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah told Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah at the High Court on Sept 14 that Najib was undergoing medical tests on a daily basis because of his blood pressure and stomach ulcers.
The trial is scheduled to resume on Monday (Sept 26).