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SRC case: Court to rule if defence can first interview MACC officer

Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah

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KUALA LUMPUR — Feb. 17, 2020: Justice Mohd. Nazlan Mohd. Ghazali wants to hear more arguments from both sides on a defence request to first interview a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officer before he is called to testify.

This follows a complaint by lead defence counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah that Mohd. Nashrudin Amir had refused to be interviewed by cancelling a meeting on February 15.

The witness was slotted to take the stand in the trial in which former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is accused of misappropriating RM42 million belonging to SRC.

Shafee said it is a precondition for the defence to call a witness to be interviewed and anything less would tantamount to negligence.

“The witness can turn out to be a kamikaze witness that destroys our case in a fair or unfair manner,” remarked Shafee.

Lead prosecutor Datuk V. Sithambaram, however, argued that the court has no jurisdiction to compel the witness to be interviewed by the defence/

Both sides will submit on Monday.

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