Najib Razak’s 1MDB trial at the High Court today has been vacated as the former prime minister is still warded in hospital for diarrhoea.
Appeals Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah, appearing as High Court judge, decided after Hospital Kuala Lumpur’s clinical medicine specialist Dr Mohd Fadhli Zil Ikram Karim explained Najib’s health condition during today’s proceedings.
Fadhli, when questioned by deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib, said he had examined Najib while doing the usual clinical round at 7.20 this morning. Najib was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday.
“When I examined Najib, he complained that he is still having episodes of loose stool, and our examination showed it was indeed loose. So by this definition, he is still having active diarrhoea.
“We proceeded with vital monitoring and his blood pressure is stable. However, due to diarrhoea, he is showing signs of having a high risk of dehydration. We have to keep him in the ward for intravenous (IV) saline infusion to rehydrate him and monitor his vital signs,” he said.
Further questioned by Akram, Fadhli said after consulting with his superior, they concluded that Najib is unfit to attend court for the 1MDB trial because he needs to be monitored and kept in the ward for continuous IV saline drip infusion.
Najib has been given a one-day medical leave.
The trial is scheduled to continue on June 21.
Najib, 70, is facing four charges of using his position to obtain bribes of RM2.3 billion from 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.