Najib has conjunctivitis, SRC trial adjourned to Monday


THE Kuala Lumpur High Court yesterday adjourned to next Monday the trial of Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak’s SRC International Sdn Bhd case as the former prime minister has conjunctivitis in both eyes.

Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali allowed Najib’s lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah’s application to postpone the trial on medical grounds and it was also not objected by the prosecution.

Muhammad Shafee asked for postponement as his client was granted a three-day medical leave until tomorrow.

“My lord, this morning at 7.45am, I received a call from Najib, who obviously did not sound well and he informed me that he suspected having conjunctivitis in both eyes.

“This must have happened overnight because I have been made to understand by Dr Balqis, an eye specialist from MidValley, that it must have started yesterday,” he said yesterday.

Muhammad Shafee also said pictures of the medical certificate and photographs of Najib’s eyes condition had also been received through WhatsApp and shown to ad hoc prosecutor Datuk V Sithambaram.

“On the part of the prosecution. I confirm that it looks pretty bad in both eyes. Due to the medical condition of the accused, the prosecution supports the defence’s application for adjournment,” said Sithambaram.

Justice Mohd Nazlan asked whether Najib could recover by tomorrow and Muhammad Shafee replied that the doctor advised his client not to come into contact with anyone as his condition is infectious.

“Given the reason for the application for an adjournment is on medical grounds and naturally not objected by the prosecution, the court has no choice but to adjourn the matter, and for the matter to be called for case management on Monday,” the judge said.

Muhammad Shafee said the defence would still need about two days to cross-examine the prosecution’s last witness, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission special operations division senior assistant commissioner Rosli Husain.

At 9am on Monday, the defence and prosecution will be present before High Court Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah, the presiding 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial judge, to learn whether or not the latter would give up 1MDB hearing dates to give way for the SRC trial to finish first, as the court is now hearing the evidence from the last prosecution witness.

The 1MDB’s trial is scheduled to commence on Monday. The SRC case management would start at 10am after the parties meeting with Justice Sequerah. — Bernama