SRC trial postponed as Najib down with eye infection

Case documents are removed from the courtroom at the Kuala Lumpur High Court after the no-show by former prime minister Najib Razak today.

KUALA LUMPUR: Najib Razak’s SRC International Sdn Bhd trial has been postponed to Monday as the former prime minister is down with conjunctivitis.

Lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah told trial judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali that Najib called him at about 7.45am today, saying he was down with the infection in both eyes.

“The infection must have started last night. An eye specialist in MidValley gave him a medical certificate for three days,” he said.

Shafee added that he has a picture of the infection in both eyes as well as the medical certificate on his mobile phone.

“I will undertake to provide a copy to the court,” he said, in applying for the trial to be postponed.

Ad hoc prosecutor V Sithambaram said the infection looked “pretty bad”, and raised no objection to the adjournment.

“Such eye infection is also contagious,” he added.

The prosecution is scheduled to close its case on Friday after investigating officer Rosli Hussain of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) completes his testimony.

Nazlan, who granted the adjournment, also enquired whether Najib would be able to recover by Friday, to which Shafee said it was unlikely.

Sithambram said the prosecution needed another two hours to examine Rosli, the 57th witness, while Shafee said he needed two days to conduct the cross-examination.

Najib is facing six charges of money laundering and criminal breach of trust in the transfer of RM42 million to his account from SRC International, a former unit of 1MDB.

He is also accused of abusing his power as prime minister by giving government guarantees on SRC International’s RM4 billion loan from Retirement Fund Inc.