Shortly after Datuk Seri Najib Razak came to visit his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who was in the dock for her corruption trial, he was asked to leave the courtroom.
About an hour and a half into Rosmah’s trial proceeding, the 67-year-old former prime minister walked into the courtroom to observe the proceeding and give moral support to his wife.
Wearing a short-sleeved red shirt, he greeted Rosmah and patted her shoulder before taking a seat right behind his wife at the public gallery.
Upon noticing Najib’s appearance, deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib informed High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan that Najib was a potential witness in the prosecution’s case.
“His (Najib) statement was recorded by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission during the course of investigation (in Rosmah’s case).
“He is not part of the plan to be called, but anything can happen,” Akram said.
He also pointed out that the title of the document furnished to Rosmah’s defence team containing the witness list itself says ‘proposed witness list’.
“So, he (Najib) is a potential witness,” he added.
However, Rosmah’s lead counsel Datuk Jagjit Singh disagreed to this, saying that Najib’s name has never been on the witness list.
“His attendance here today is what any good husband would to do support his wife,” he said.
Defense counsel Datuk Akberdin Abdul Kader pointed out that Najib was also present in court the day before (Feb 5).
“Najib has been here since yesterday. He was already in the court,” Akberdin said.
Zaini, however, said that he might have overlooked Najib’s presence in court.
Yesterday was the first time that Rosmah and Najib were at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex on the same day for their separate trials, which were held in two different courtrooms both on the fifth floor.
Najib was not legally required to be present in court today as the SRC trial will only resume next Monday. He also is not facing any other trials today here.
Out of abundance of caution, the judged asked Najib to leave the courtroom.
“Datuk Seri, can you please excuse yourself. I am sorry, I’d like to take an abundance of caution,” he said.
Najib nodded before leaving the court.
Rosmah, wearing a floral yellow veil and dress, did not react when Najib followed the judge’s orders and left with a few aides.