Najib’s 1MDB trial adjourned as former premier needs to see doctor

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here was informed that former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is in the midst of his 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial, needed medical attention due to a change in his blood pressure medication.

Senior deputy public prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram said that he was informed of the situation by a Prisons Department officer on Monday (Sept 12).

“The accused’s medicine for blood pressure has changed.

“It had an adverse effect on him and his condition is quite bad,” Sri Ram said.

Najib was present during the proceedings here on Monday.

Wearing a suit, he sat in the dock as Sri Ram informed the court of the medical issue.

The prosecutor said that Najib, however, was prepared to go through the proceedings until 12.30pm.

“By 2pm, he has to see a doctor,” Sri Ram added.

Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah agreed to adjourn the trial at 12.30pm this afternoon to allow Najib seek medical attention.

The court is currently hearing a testimony from the 37th prosecution witness, R. Uma Devi, who is an AmBank branch manager.

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.

The hearing will resume on Tuesday (Sept 13).