KUALA LUMPUR – The High Court Judge for the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial, Collin Lawrence Sequerah ruled that there is no need to impose sanction on the former Prime Minister by restricting him within the Federal Territory.
However, Collin issued a warning that the court will not tolerate any attempt to mislead it. Should the need arise, the court will not hesitate to punish with contempt.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram made an application for the court to impose a sanction on Datuk Ser Najib Tun Razak after his attendance at the attendance Tanjung Piai by-election nomination day despite getting a one-day medical leave from attending the trial.
Sri Ram pointed out that the prosecution had received instructions from Attorney-General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas to seek for the court to impose sanction on Najib via a way of restricting him within the Federal Territory and to report to the police station closest to his house every Saturday from 9 a.m.
“This court will not tolerate any attempt to mislead it. Should the need arise, the court will not hesitate to punish with contempt.
“But after listening to both parties, the court does not see the situation to impose sanctions,” said Collin.
However, defence counsel, Tan Sri Shafee Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said that Najib requested for the proceeding to be postponed for a day based on the one-day MC for an allergy which purportedly made his eyes swell with irritation and pain.
Therefore, the former Prime Minister made a trip to Johor the following day as the irritation in his eyes had disappeared, but the swelling was still there. -MalaysiaGazette