Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali: "In my view, the accused must still provide a good reason to provide for postponement. I don't consider that (Najib's reasoning) to be a valid reason. As such, this court will now proceed to hear mitigation.
Lawyer Tan Sri Shafee Abdullah had applied for the delay of the mitigation for Najib’s sentencing citing the Courts of Judicature Act which he claimed stipulated a stay of conviction and sentence.
In a brief judgement, the judge said that the charges brought against Ahmad are not groundless and have some merits.
“Therefore, the court rejects the application for this criminal application,” he said.
Najib applied to strike out the charge after Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan permitted the prosecution to amend the charge. The judge ruled that the amendment does not constitute a prejudice to Najib.
High Court Judge Justice Datuk Ahmad Bache read out his summary judgment today, ordering Najib to pay the amount to the IRB. The IRB was also awarded RM15,000 in cost.
YHA Travel & Tours (M) Sdn Bhd, which is suing Azmin and his family over alleged unpaid travel bills, was unable to serve the writ of summons to Farah Afifah, 24, Farah Amira, 26, and Mohamed Ameer Shazrin, 28.
However, Shahrol defended his decision to proceed with the agreement by arguing that he was given any and all power to do whatever it took to secure the funds to acquire the power plants from Tanjong Energy Holdings Sdn Bhd and Genting Sanyen Power Sdn Bhd.
1MDB's Genting Sanyen deal sped up as Najib feared caretaker government could not approve it, said fund's ex-CEO
Former 1MDB chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi had testified that Najib wanted 1MDB Energy (Langat) Ltd to conclude its purchase of Mastika Lagenda Sdn Bhd, the holding company of IPP Genting Sanyen Power Sdn Bhd, before he became too busy campaigning for the May 5, 2013 polls.