FORMER prime minister Najib Razak has filed an application to issue a show cause letter to Lim Kit Siang and news portal Malay Mail for the DAP veteran’s comments made two days before the decision on the SRC International trial.
Najib made the ex-parte application under Order 52 Rule 2B of the High Court Rules on November 11.
Najib alleges Lim made a “contemptuous” statement to deliberately influence the outcome of the trial in the article Kit Siang: High Court decision on Najib and Tanjung Piai by-election outcome will indicate where Malaysia headed towards, written by Malay Mail reporter Emmanuel Sta Maria Chin, who is also named in the filing.
Najib says Lim’s words appeared threatening and intimidating when the latter warned of the consequences of allowing “global kleptocracy” to make a comeback if Najib was acquitted.
Ramkarpal Singh is appearing for Lim, while Ambiga Sreenevasan will represent Malay Mail.
Najib’s lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah met judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali in chambers earlier today after Nazlan required changes be made to the filing.
“We are going to appear before the judge on a date yet to be fixed because he wants court papers to be tweaked a bit,” Shafee told reporters.
The 66-year-old Najib’s seven criminal charges – three counts of criminal breach of trust, three counts of money-laundering and one count of power abuse – are linked to RM4 billion in loans issued to SRC International in 2011 and 2012, for which he is accused of receiving RM42 million in his personal accounts in 2014 and 2015.
On November 11, Nazlan ordered Najib to enter his defence in the SRC International trial, with the prosecution having established a prima facie case.
Najib, who is also Pekan MP, is due to take the witness stand on Tuesday, December 3.