A judge has reminded the prosecution and defence that the Kuala Lumpur High Court has a commitment to wrap up the RM2.28 billion 1MDB corruption trial against former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak.
Collin Lawrence Sequerah today told parties that the trial, which began in 2019, has been stretched for a long time.
The trial judge said this when allowing the defence team’s application to adjourn the trial this afternoon due to Najib’s lead counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah being on medical leave (MC).
As former finance minister Najib looked on from the dock, his co-defence counsel Alaistair Brandah Norman informed the court that Shafee fell ill this morning and is on MC until Sunday.
Once Mr Shafee has got over his sore throat we can be sure he has his dog back on standby to trip him up again – or maybe a cat to scratch him?
The ‘cunning plan’ for all to see is that his client wishes to push through an imminent election which he thinks his tame party colleagues (indeed despite his disgrace his party has not dropped the ex-PM, far from it they are trying to allow him to still sit in Parliament !!!!) will soon call.
Clearly, the coup mongers of BN/PN think they can craft an election win, especially if floods ensure low turn out. So, Shafee just needs to string out a few more Covid contacts, sore throats and dog nips to get his client over the line in an unequalled show of virtuosity in the ‘practice of the law’.
Then Najib will expect a new AG to drop the case against him before judgement is reached leaving him to claim SRC is merely a few trivial millions that he stole, which can be pardoned given how very special he is and all the amazing things he has done for his poor suffering people.
They suffer purely owing to the corruption of his party and himself.