ANN/THE STAR – The 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial involving Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been postponed to October 11 as his lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah is sick.
Lawyer Alaistair Brandah Norman, who is part of Najib’s defence team, informed High Court judge Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah that Muhammad Shafee has fever and severe throat infection, rendering him unable to address the court yesterday. Shafee was given medical leave for four days, according to Norman.
“For 1MDB trial arrangement next week, we asked for a case management to be fixed at 2.30pm as Tan Sri (Muhammad Shafee) as been instructed to attend another appeal case before Judicial Commissioner Azhar Abdul Hamid.
“He is required to submit on six grounds for a case that has been going on since 1999 and would not be able to come for the morning trial session,” Norman said.
The prosecution requested for previous witnesses, AmBank Private Banking capital market head desk Yap Wai Keat and former AmBank managing director Cheah Tek Kuang, who were yet to be cross-examined and re-examined, be disposed of before calling another witness.
Justice Sequerah said these witnesses would be kept hanging if such delay continues and asked for the prosecution to arrange for a new witness to ensure there is a continuity in the trial.
He said, “This case has been delayed for so long. We can’t be waiting for this court and that court, we also have a commitment to finish this trial. Please ensure the new witnesses are available on that day.”