Judgement reserved in Najib’s appeal to remove Sri Ram as lead prosecutor

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – The Court of Appeal yesterday reserved judgement in the appeal by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to have former Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram removed as the lead prosecutor in Najib’s 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) cases.

A three-member panel, comprising Justices Datuk Zabariah Mohd Yusof, Datuk Rhodzariah Bujang and Datuk Lau Bee Lan, reserved judgment after hearing submissions from the prosecution and defence.

Najib had appealed against the decision of High Court Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah who, on March 1, dismissed his application to disqualify Sri Ram as the senior DPP.

Judge Sequerah found no evidence to show that Sri Ram will be biased in handling the case.

He also held that Najib has no right to demand Sri Ram’s letter of appointment.

The judge had also dismissed Najib’s application to temporarily suspend the trial which is scheduled to commence on May 14, pending disposal of the appeal.

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. – BERNAMA