1MDB trial postponed as Najib down with eye infection again

Former prime minister Najib Razak at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR: Najib Razak’s 1MDB trial has been adjourned for today as the former prime minister is down with an eye infection.

His lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah told High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah that he had received a call from Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, informing him that Najib had conjunctivitis.

“He went for an outing yesterday, and the weather was hazy too.

“He is now at home and will meet his specialist later today,” Shafee said, adding that he had given the court a copy of Najib’s medical certificate.

Fiat prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram then said prosecution witness Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin could not proceed to identify several individuals in the absence of the accused.

Sequerah asked if the defence and prosecution could agree for today’s trial proceedings to be adjourned to any Friday this month.

However, Shafee said he is occupied on Fridays as he is leading the defence team in the murder case of Nazrin Hassan, the late CEO of Cradle Fund.

Sri Ram also said his team members have other cases to conduct on Fridays.

This is the second time that Najib has been unable to attend trial due to an eye infection.

He was also diagnosed with an infection in the SRC International case where he faces seven charges of abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money laundering.

In the 1MDB case, he is standing trial for 25 charges of abuse of power and money laundering over the transfer of RM2.28 billion, allegedly from the investment fund.