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No Need To Cross-Examine Najib, Say His Lawyers

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KUALA LUMPUR: Lawyers for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak have said there is no need to cross-examine him in the civil suit filed by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and two others against the Prime Minister.

Najib’s lawyer Nor Hazira Abu Haiyan said that there was no need to cross-examine him as the questions would only involve points of law.

Speaking to reporters after submissions in chambers on Thursday, she said that the issues raised could be heard during the hearing of the striking-out application or during a full trial.

Dr Mahathir, former Batu Kawan Umno division vice-chief Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and former Langkawi Wanita Umno member Anina Saadudin are applying to get leave from the High Court to cross-examine Najib in their lawsuit against him for alleged misfeasance in public office.

On Thursday, the lead counsel for the three argued that it was necessary for Najib to give an explanation for his unclear statements in his affidavit on the issue of a “public officer”.

“We want to know his stand on whether he is a public officer or not so that we can respond accordingly in an affidavit if it is required,” said Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla.

He added that they wanted a clarification as Najib has also denied abusing his power.

In their grounds to support the application, the three applicants also claimed that Najib had issued statements in his affidavit that are inconsistent and contradictory with contemporary facts available in the public domain.

High Court judge Justice Abu Bakar Jais set July 27 to decide on the application to cross-examine Najib.

In the lawsuit filed in March, the three want the High Court to order the Prime Minister to pay RM2.6bil in exemplary damages to the Government.

Dr Mahathir also wants Najib to pay RM42mil in aggravated damages to the Government.

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