April 10 hearing for Najib’s bid to disqualify Sri Ram

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal will hear on April 10 Najib Razak’s appeal against a High Court dismissal of his application to disqualify lawyer Gopal Sri Ram from leading the prosecution team in his 1MDB cases.

Deputy public prosecutor Mohamad Mustaffa P Kunyalam told reporters the court would also hear on the same day the former prime minister’s appeal against the High Court’s refusal to grant him a stay of trial on his 1MDB charges.

Senior deputy registrar Yasmin Abdul Razak set the hearing date when the matter came up before her for case management today.

Lawyer Syahirah Hanapiah appeared for Najib.

On March 1 this year, High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah dismissed Najib’s application to disqualify Sri Ram, a retired Federal Court judge.

He ruled there was no evidence to show that Sri Ram would be biased as a senior deputy public prosecutor in handling the case, and held that Najib had no right to demand Sri Ram’s letter of appointment.

He also dismissed Najib’s application to temporarily suspend the trial which is scheduled for April 15 to May 3, pending disposal of the former prime minister’s appeal to disqualify Sri Ram.

On Sept 20, 2018, Najib was charged with four counts under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act and 21 counts of money laundering involving 1MDB funds amounting to RM2.28 billion.

He was charged with committing the offences at AmIslamic Bank Bhd at No. 55, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Ceylon, between 2011 and 2014.