The Kuala Lumpur High Court has granted Datuk Seri Najib Razak a stay of proceedings pending his application to strike out a civil suit filed by PKR against him over the alleged election offences pertaining to the controversial RM2.6 billion.
Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab allowed the stay on the grounds that it would be prejudicial to the defendants — Najib and Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor if the stay was not granted to them.
The civil suit was filed by former Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PKR vice-presidents Nurul Izzah Anwar and Tian Chua, its former secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail as well as Parti Amanah Negara’s Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad who asked the Prime Minister to file his defence and provide relevant documents pertaining to the suit, including Najib’s personal bank statements from AmIslamic.
The plaintiffs also named state-owned 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the Election Commission as the third and fourth defendants respectively.
When met outside the courtroom, Datuk Hafarizam Wan Harun who appeared for Najib and Tengku Adnan, said his clients need not file affidavits or disclose the bank statements with the granting of the stay in proceedings today.
The court has fixed Nov 11 for case management and subsequently, another date would be set to hear the application to strike out the suit.
In the courtroom, Hafarizam had asked for an earlier date for case management.
He later explained to the reporters that the request for an earlier date was because the Prime Minister was expected to answer questions pertaining to the RM2.6 billion in this Parliament sitting.
“We do not want the case here to have any bearing when the Prime Minister answers the questions in the Parliament and vice versa.
“We want this striking out to be heard first and disposed off so when the Prime Minister answers in Parliament, this case is cleared from any judicial and judicial… and political debate,” he said.
In August, PKR filed a suit, alleging that the Prime Minister committed election offences following an expose by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) over the controversial RM2.6 billion that was deposited into the latter’s personal account.