1MDB: Najib files two applications to recuse Sri Ram from heading prosecution team

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Former Malaysian prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is facing charges for corruption and money laundering involving the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds, has filed two applications to recuse former Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram from leading the prosecution team in his case.

One of the applications was filed at the Appellate and Special Powers Division of the High Court seeking a judicial review on Sri Ram’s appointment and the other at the Criminal High seeking to quash Sri Ram’s appointment as Senior Deputy Public Prosecutor.

Najib’s lawyer, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, informed High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah yesterday that the defence had filed a complementary application for a judicial review to support the application top disqualify Sri Ram’s appointment.

He said the application for the judicial review would be heard at the Appellate and Special Powers Division of the High Court before Judge Datuk Azizah Nawawi today.

Earlier during the proceeding, Muhammad Shafee informed the court that yesterday was set for case management for the defence to update status on the motion of notice that was filed to recuse Sri Ram from heading the prosecution team.

The suitable date to hear the application will be after all preparations and process in replying to the documents are completed, he said.

Following which, Judge Sequerah set January 31 for further case management and February 8 to hear the defence application to recuse Sri Ram from heading the prosecution team.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib appeared for the prosecution at yesterday’s proceeding.

Najib, 66, is facing four charges under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act and 21 charges for money laundering involving the 1MDB funds, amounting RM2.28 billion.