Latest Attempt To Delay Najib’s 1MDB Trial Rejected By High Court; No Parliament Speech For Him Tomorrow

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial will go on as scheduled tomorrow after the latest attempt by Najib’s legal team to mess with the stipulated trial dates was rejected by the High Court.

Najib’s lead defence lawyer, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who happens to have his own court case pending, made an application for the 1MDB trial proceedings tomorrow to end earlier on the account that Najib has to attend Parliament to deliver a speech in his capacity as a member of Parliament for the Pekan constituency.

High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah had other ideas. While he acknowledged Najib’s duties as a member of Parliament, he reiterated that he too has duties to perform as a high court judge and that these duties were competing duties. As such, Najib’s case will proceed tomorrow until 4.30pm as previously scheduled.

Shafee had originally proposed that the proceedings go on as planned from 9.30am but end earlier so that Najib can deliver his speech in Parliament after 2pm. This isn’t the first time that Najib’s team has tried to mess with court dates, and it surely won’t be the last.

 

 

 

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