The Kuala Lumpur High Court today issued a stern warning to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to stop attacking former Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz on his Facebook.
Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah, in making the ruling, said even though there was no necessity for a gag order to be imposed on the Pekan MP, he must not make statements relating to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial as if the trial is in the public domain.
“The court, therefore, issues a stern warning to the accused not to repeat the action, and the court will take any action necessary to protect the integrity of the court,” said Justice Sequerah.
The court made the ruling after the prosecution urged the court to impose a strict warning on Najib for attacking Zeti, who is a witness in the 1MDB case, on his Facebook.
Senior deputy public prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram brought up the matter on Tuesday following an online comment made by Najib on Dec 29 regarding Zeti who allegedly received money from 1MDB.
On the defence’s arguments that Zeti had also made statements about the 1MDB scandal, Sequerah said she had not touched on anything about the ongoing trial.
He added that whatever Zeti said in her media interviews raised by the defence did not warrant Najib’s attack on her.
Earlier, Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Akram Abdul Gharib said Najib had resorted to conducting his defence in social media by trying to portray Zeti as a witness who was not credible.
He refuted Shafee’s claims that Najib was merely asking Zeti to explain allegations against her and her family members in his Facebook postings.
“He is not doing that. On the contrary, he is actually conducting his defence in the public by attacking someone who has been listed as a witness in this trial.
“He wants to show that she is a liar even before she is called to testify,” he said, adding Najib’s lawyers had every opportunity to call Zeti to be grilled during the SRC International Bhd trial but they never did it.
Akram also rebutted Shafee’s arguments that it was Zeti who had attacked Najib first through media interviews in 2019.
He said Zeti only touched on the economy and had responded to questions posed by the reporter.
“Nothing in the two articles raised by the defence amounts to an attack against Najib,” he said.