PUTRAJAYA — March 7, 2019: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has appealed to the Court of Appeal against a high court dismissal of his application to disqualify Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram from leading the prosecution in his 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) cases.
Najib is also appealing against the high court’s refusal to grant him an order to stay the trial, which is scheduled for April 15 to May 3, pending the disposal of his appeal.
The appeals were filed last Friday after the high court delivered its decision on Najib’s application.
The matter came up for case management today before Court of Appeal registrar Datuk Norsharidah Awang who fixed March 22 for further case management.
DPP Ahmad Akram Gharib, appearing for the prosecution, told reporters that another case management date was set because the grounds of judgment and the records of appeal were not ready.
Lawyers Muhammad Farhan Muhammad Shafee and Syahirah Hanapiah for Najib were present at today’s case management.
On March 1, High Court Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah dismissed Najib’s application after finding that there was no evidence to show that Sri Ram would be biased as a senior prosecutor.
On the defence argument that Sri Ram must produce his letter of appointment through fiat as a prosecutor, Sequerah ruled that Najib had no right to demand it.
Last September 20, Najib was charged with four counts under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act and 21 counts for money laundering involving RM2.28 billion of 1MDB funds. He was charged with committing the offences between 2011 and 2014. — Bernama