KUALA LUMPUR — July 26, 2019: The prosecution team in the SRC International trial has filed a formal application demanding that former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak apologises for his comments about a witness testimony relating to his credit card spending.
In the application filed yesterday, the public prosecutor wants a speedy hearing to compel Najib to personally apologise for posting subjudice statements at Facebook on July 15 and 17.
The prosecution is also seeking an order to prohibit Najib from publishing or causing the publication of similar statements concerning evidence submitted by witnesses.
It is further asking Najib to remove the publications and other orders and relief deemed fit by the court.
DPP Muhammad Izzat in his supporting affidavit said the two postings, if read in full, clearly showed Najib’s attempt to present his defence through social media and comments on evidence submitted in court.
“This is clearly subjudice and intended to influence the evidence in court and to solicit public support to provide pressure and influence the decision of the court.
“It is clear that such an act is improper and interfered with the administration of justice and the legal process.
“The postings are tantamount to comments and explanations prejudicial to judicial proceedings, and in advance, have already made a judgment,” he said.
He said the publications in question were about matters yet to be decided by the court and encroached on how the issue should be judged or dealt with.
These would also directly prejudice the outcome of proceedings which would lead to a substantial risk of interference with the legal process and justice.
On July 18, Attorney-General Tommy Thomas requested the High Court to issue an order for Najib to apologise to the court and on July 23, judge Mohd. Nazlan Mohd. Ghazali ruled that it would be better for the prosecution to make a formal application.
Najib, 66, faces several charges involving RM42 million from SRC International. — Bernama