Najib admitted to HKL, 1MDB trial postponed

KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been warded at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) since Monday (Sept 12) and could be referred to the National Heart Institute (IJN).

His lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah confirmed this when met by reporters after court proceedings in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial ended here on Tuesday (Sept 13).

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The lawyer earlier told the High Court that Najib’s blood pressure was fluctuating.

According to Muhammad Shafee, the Pekan MP has to go through several health tests in the next few days to ascertain his condition.

Muhammad Shafee said he was unable to obtain instructions from his client as he was not allowed to visit Najib in HKL, and therefore he sought for the hearing today to be vacated.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohamad Mustaffa P Kunyalam did not object to an adjournment.

Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah then adjourned the proceedings to Wednesday (Sept 14) afternoon for the court to be updated on the situation.

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Yesterday, the court was informed that Najib was unwell due to a change of his blood pressure medication.

This caused the proceedings, which usually last a full day, to be shortened to a half-day session for Najib to seek medical attention.

Najib, 69, is facing four charges of using his position to obtain bribes totalling RM2.28bil from 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.