Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 43 Vacated

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Court adjourns Najib’s SRC trial after defence lawyer Harvinderjit Singh calls in sick.

9.06am: Accused Najib Abdul Razak enters the court and takes a seat at the front row of the public gallery.

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9.23am: Najib steps into the dock as proceedings begin.

9.30am: The hearing starts with the defence team making a verbal application to vacate today’s date.

Defence lawyer Wan Aizuddin Wan Mohammed tells the court that his co-counsel Harvinderjit Singh, who was supposed to continue with the cross-examination on former AmBank relationship manager Joanna Yu, is ill.

He also says lead defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah is occupied with a trial before another High Court judge retiring at the end of July, and thus needs all the cases before him to be disposed of by then.

“On that basis, we humbly seek Yang Arif’s indulgence for today’s date to be vacated and we can go on with the trial tomorrow,” says Wan Aizuddin.

Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali then queries the defence on whether they have any other lawyer who can take up the cross-examination of the witness.

Wan Aizuddin tells the court that lawyer Farhan Read has also been absent due to illness since yesterday, and that there was no instruction for the other members of the team to do so.

This met with no objection from the prosecution, with deputy public prosecutor V Sithambaram telling the court that they do not want to be unreasonable when a counsel has fallen sick.

According to Sithambaram, Harvinderjit contacted him at about 6.30am this morning to say that he was unwell.

He also apologises to the court as the prosecution’s other witnesses are not ready to be called in to testify.

“But if the court wants to be cautious, we ought to replace (today’s hearing) on Aug 9 as replacement date,” he says.

Sithambaram also tells Nazlan they should be able to complete the trial by August 16.

The judge then allows the application to vacate today’s hearing, and orders the court to be adjourned until 9am tomorrow.

Nazlan also says that should the defence lawyers be unwell tomorrow, arrangements must be made to either have cross-examination continued by any other member of the defence, or for the prosecution to bring in another witness.

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