1MDB trial adjourned as Shafee falls ill

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has adjourned Datuk Seri Najib Razak's RM2.28bil 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial as Najib's lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah was unwell.

The court was informed by Muhammad Shafee's co-counsel Tania Scivetti that the senior lawyer had heart palpitations, causing him unable to attend the proceedings.

Scivetti requested for the proceedings to be adjourned for the day.

"Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee is unwell and he is going to see his doctor today for his condition, he is having palpitations but hopefully he’ll be well to attend proceedings tomorrow,” Scivetti said.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib did not object to the request and suggested new dates to replace today's trial in March (14, 15 and 27) as well as on April 1 to 5.

Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah agreed to the said dates.

The trial will continue tomorrow.

Najib, 70, is facing four charges of using his position to obtain bribes totalling RM2.28bil from 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.

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