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1MDB trial postponed a day as Najib on sick leave

His lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah says the former PM cannot even see to sign a cheque following eye surgery last week.

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Former prime minister Najib Razak. Photo: Bernama
Former prime minister Najib Razak. Photo: Bernama

Najib Razak’s 1MDB trial at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur was postponed today as the former prime minister is on sick leave following an eye surgery last Thursday.

His lead counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah informed the court of the matter matter when proceedings began at 10.20am before judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah, who gave Najib one day off and ordered for the trial to resume at 9.30am tomorrow.

Shafee also showed Najib’s medical certificate to the court.

The judge asked the lawyer whether the trial could be conducted tomorrow, to which Shafee said Najib’s vision was not clear as he could not even sign a cheque.

To this, Sequerah said that Najib could just sit in court.

The court was supposed to continue hearing evidence from the 10th prosecution witness, Mohd Hazem Abdul Rahman, 49, who was the former CEO of 1MDB.

Najib, 67, is facing four charges of using his position to obtain bribes totalling RM2.3 billion from 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.