Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s corruption trial over RM42 million from SRC International Sdn Bhd has been adjourned for the entire week as he has contracted infectious conjunctivitis.
Defence lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah told High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali that Najib called him at 7.45am to inform him of the illness and that a doctor advised his client to stay home until Friday.
“I received a call directly from Datuk Seri Najib who obviously did not sound well, and he informed me that he is suspected of having infectious conjunctivitis in both eyes.
“The infection must have started last night. Dr Balqis, an eye specialist in MidValley, gave him a medical certificate for three days,” Shafee said.
Copies of the certificate and photographs of Najib’s infected eyes were provided to the prosecution, Shafee said before ad hoc prosecutor Datuk V Sithambaram confirmed so.
Sithambaram did not object to the adjournment application after remarking that the infection looked “pretty bad” and taking into account the risks of it spreading to others should Najib be made to attend proceedings.
Nazlan then asked Shafee if his client could miraculously recover overnight, but the latter said the infection would take at least 48 hours to clear and Najib was already prescribed medication.
“Given the reason for adjournment is on medical grounds and seeing it is not objected by the prosecution, the court has no choice but to adjourn,” he said.
Nazlan then fixed 10am on Monday, August 19 for trial to resume.
The prosecution was scheduled to close its case on Friday after investigating officer Rosli Hussain of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) completes his testimony.