KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 9): The High Court here has fixed Feb 8 to hear the application of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak (pictured) to recuse Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram from being the senior public prosecutor in his 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial, according to Malaysiakini.

According to the report today, Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah wanted Najib's application to recuse Sri Ram to be heard before the main trial commences on Feb 12. He also set Jan 31 for case management.

Malaysiakini said Najib appeared in court today with his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and son Norashman Najib. Sri Ram was absent.

On Sept 21 last year, Najib was hit with 25 charges of graft and money laundering relating to transactions amounting to RM2.3 billion that are linked to 1MDB.

Najib had then pleaded not guilty to four charges of graft that allegedly occurred at the AmIslamic Bank Bhd branch in Jalan Raja Chulan here while in his position as a civil servant, namely as prime minister, finance minister and chairman of the 1MDB advisory board.

The Malaysiakini report also said the court has postponed a hearing for the prosecution's application to transfer two of Rosmah's corruption cases from the Sessions Court.

"This is after Rosmah's lawyer Akberdin Abdul Kader said that the defence needed time to study the documents related to Rosmah's corruption charges, which they had received this morning," it added.

On Nov 15, 2018, Rosmah was accused of soliciting RM187.5 million from a company in exchange for her assistance in securing an RM1.25 billion solar contract in Sarawak. — theedgemarkets.com

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