KUALA LUMPUR — Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (pic) has filed contempt proceedings against DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, Malay Mail and a journalist over an article about his SRC trial which was published online.
He named the Iskandar Puteri MP, journalist Emmanuel Santa Maria Chin and Malay Mail Sdn Bhd as respondents in two separate suits filed through the law firm Messrs Shafee & Co on Nov 27.
He said there were six paragraphs in the article that constituted the purported contempt of court.
“I have been advised by my solicitors and verily believed that the statement that nobody had been sent to jail for the offence of corruption and money-laundering in Malaysia although Malaysia is the home of the 1MDB scandal took place, the said media release and the said article had been created to give pressure to this court in deciding the criminal case where I am the accused before this court,” he said.
Najib also contended that the article appeared to be a threat and had the tendency to weaken and undermine the power of the court, as well as interfering and obstructing the course of justice and exerting unnecessary pressure on the court.
“This sort of threat and intimidation, especially in an ongoing proceeding is obviously to divert the course of justice and therefore an interference in the judicial process.
“The article, when read as a whole, had amount to a serious contempt of court and also an unwarranted attack on the Malaysian judiciary,” he said.
When met by reporters on Friday (Nov 29), Najib’s lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said it was an ex-parte matter for a show cause against the respondents.
“We are going to appear before the judge on a date yet to be fixed because the judge wants the papers to be tweaked a bit,” he said.
On Nov 11, Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali ordered Najib to enter his defence on all seven charges in the SRC trial after ruling that the prosecution had proven a prima facie case against Najib.
Najib is facing seven charges, of which three are for criminal breach of trust, one for abuse of power and three for money laundering involving SRC International funds totalling RM42mil.
He faces up to 20 years in prison, whipping and a fine, if convicted.