DPP: Sri Ram was like a father to all of us

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Deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib described the late ad hoc 1MDB prosecution team leader Gopal Sri Ram as “like a father to all of us”.


The prosecutor told the Kuala Lumpur High Court today over the prosecution’s application to adjourn this morning’s scheduled continued hearing of the 1MDB corruption case against former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak.

Firdaus Latif

During proceedings before trial judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah today, Akram said they seek the postponement because following the death of former federal court judge Sri Ram yesterday, the prosecution team needs the adjournment to discuss among themselves the redistribution of work for the case.

The DPP said he also applies to adjourn the trial set for tomorrow and to only resume on Thursday this week, as the whole prosecution team wishes to attend the deceased’s wake event at Nirvana 2 Kuala Lumpur tomorrow morning as well as the cremation at Shah Alam, Selangor, tomorrow afternoon.

“Gopal Sri Ram was our team leader, and he was like a father to all of us. We would like to be there tomorrow for the wake as well as the cremation,” Akram said with a heavy voice.

At this juncture, Najib’s lead defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah told the court they have no objections to the adjournment, adding that they would like to extend their condolences to the prosecution team over Sri Ram’s passing.

Sequerah then allowed the bid to postpone the trial today and tomorrow and to resume on Thursday.

On Thursday, the defence is expected to resume their cross-examination of 41st prosecution witness Joanna Yu, the former relationship manager to Najib.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Tan Sri Idrus Harun also paid tribute to Sri Ram as a personal friend who he had known for over four decades.

“We have indeed lost a great legal mind and senior practitioner.

“I have known him personally since 1980 when I was a Senior Assistant Registrar.

“I found him to be very courteous, humble and always willing to share his immense legal knowledge, qualities which he always carried,” said Idrus in a text.