KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is seeking permission from the courts to cross-examine Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak over his claim that a lawsuit against him should be struck out because he is not a public officer.
Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, representing the former prime minister and two other former Umno members Anina Saadudin and Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan, confirmed that his clients are seeking a cross-examination of Najib before the actual hearing of their lawsuit against him over alleged misfeasance and breach of fiduciary duty in public office.
“This application is to obtain leave from the Court to cross-examine Najib Razak, for the contradictions appearing in Najib’s Affidavit in Support dated 12.4.2016, which was filed by Najib Razak in support of his application to strike out that suit,” according to the brief statement issued from his law firm Messrs Haniff Khatri today.
Dr Mahathir, Anina and Khairuddin sued Najib on March 23 for alleged interference in government investigations on state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the RM2.6 billion political donation to the prime minister.
In their joint statement of claim, the three plaintiffs claimed that Najib had attempted to avoid negative repercussions from the investigations, besides saying that the prime minister has no constitutional and legal power to use his public office for personal gain.
This is the first lawsuit against Najib by a former prime minister.
Dr Mahathir, who served as PM from 1981 to 2003, is leading a campaign for Najib’s removal as prime minister over alleged financial irregularities.
On January 26, Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali cleared Najib of criminal wrongdoing in the corruption probes on former 1MDB subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd, and the transfer of RM2.6 billion into the prime minister’s private accounts.
The AG said the money was a donation from the Saudi royal family. – Malay Mail Online