KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 17): The scheduled dates for Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial set for this week have been deferred to March 2 as lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah has to attend his son’s wedding.
Deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib told the press that Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah allowed an application by the defence to postpone the trial, which was previously slated for Feb 18 and 21.
Muhammad Shafee’s son, Farhan Shafee, who is also a practicing lawyer, has his wedding set for this Thursday, Feb 20, in Penang.
The rest of the dates for the trial remain as previously fixed by Justice Sequerah — March 2-6, 9-13, 19-20, 23-27, 30-31, the whole of April, May 4 and the whole of June until October, including Fridays until 12.30pm, with the exception of weekends and public holidays for the 1MDB-Tanore trial.
Najib is facing four charges of abuse of power and 21 charges of money laundering involving a sum of more than RM2.28 billion of 1MDB funds.
Former 1MDB CEO Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi, the ninth prosecution witness, was being cross-examined by the defence when the trial adjourned on Nov 13, 2019.
1MDB trial postponed as lawyer Shafee needs to prepare for son’s wedding
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KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has deferred the scheduled dates for former prime minister Najib Razak’s 1MDB trial set for this week to March 2.
This follows an application by the defence, led by lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, to postpone the trial, which was previously fixed for Feb 18 and 21, as he has to attend his son’s wedding in Penang.
Deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib, when contacted by Bernama, said that judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah allowed Shafee’s application to adjourn the trial when the matter was brought up in chambers today.
“The next trial date will be on March 2,” said Akram.
Shafee’s son, Muhammad Farhan, who is also a practising lawyer and part of Najib’s defence team, is getting married on Feb 20.
Earlier, during Najib’s SRC International Sdn Bhd trial before judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali, Shafee informed the court that he would seek a postponement of the 1MDB trial before Sequerah.
“I did not know that I would be involved in the wedding preparations. It has something to do with Penang Malay culture, ‘tarian semarak’. Luckily I am not the one to perform,” Shafee said in jest.
The rest of the dates for the trial remain as previously fixed by Sequerah — March 2-6, 9-13, 19-20, 23-27, 30-31, the whole of April, May 4 and the weekdays of June until October, including Fridays.