Najib fails to be excused from 1MDB trial to visit flood-hit Pahang

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Najib Abdul Razak’s legal team applied for his RM2.28 billion 1MDB corruption trial to be taken off tomorrow so that the Pekan MP could visit flood-hit Pahang.

Miera Zulyana

However, the Kuala Lumpur High Court today dismissed the application and reiterated that the former prime minister’s trial will proceed tomorrow.

Earlier at the beginning of proceedings today, lead defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah made the application to postpone tomorrow’s trial.

“There is a flood engulfing the east coast, Pahang. He is the MP there.

“It (flood) is one of the worst and it (flood waters) is rising. As reported by the news, it has gone to a level that is very serious.”

According to Shafee, Najib did not visit his home state last weekend as the flood situation was not serious then, adding that it would look bad on the Pekan MP if he does not go tomorrow.

“If he does not go, it would be a very bad reflection on him, and also affect what people would say as he has not done his duty as MP to his constituents (Pekan), to reduce pain and suffering of the people,” Shafee said.

He also said that his client would be able to attend the trial on Thursday if the trial for tomorrow is vacated.

However, judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah dismissed the postponement application.

“I have been as accommodating as I could possibly be,” the judge said, pointing out that he had allowed Shafee’s previous request to not have the 1MDB trial resume yesterday and to only resume today.

“It’s a new year, this has to move, so the application by your client is denied, the case has to proceed,” the judge ruled as Najib looked on from the dock.

The 1MDB trial is scheduled to run until Thursday.