A letter asking High Court Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah to prioritise Zahid’s case over incarcerated former premier Najib Razak’s 1MDB trial made its rounds over social media yesterday.
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The letter from the deputy public prosecutor in former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s graft case asking the High Court judge Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah to prioritise the case has been retracted.
According to Free Malaysia Today (FMT), the High Court was informed of the matter during the hearing of Zahid’s trial this morning.
“As such, there is no such application before the court. Let us proceed with this case,” DPP Azmi Malik Ayob, who is part of the prosecution team in Zahid’s case was quoted as saying.
Sequerah said that no parties could dictate which case to be prioritised by the court of law.
A letter asking Sequerah, to prioritise Zahid’s case over incarcerated former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) dated yesterday had made its rounds over social media.
Inside the letter, Sequerah was asked to give priority to Zahid’s case over Najib’s 1MDB trial so that it can finish as soon as possible.
For the record, Sequerah was the judge presiding over both cases.
Zahid is facing 47 charges; 12 for criminal breach of trust in relation to more than RM31 million of charitable foundation Yayasan Akalbudi’s funds, 27 counts of money laundering, and eight counts of bribery charges over RM21.25 million of alleged bribes.
The Bagan Datuk MP had repeatedly said that all the charges against him and a host of UMNO leaders were selective-prosecution and politically motivated.
Earlier today, Supreme Council member Datuk Mohd Puad Zarkashi urged Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Azizan Harun to step down immediately.
According to Puad, who is also the Johor state speaker, the leaked letter from the deputy public prosecutor to Sequerah is evidence that there’s a ploy against UMNO leaders.
However, DAP Social Media Bureau Chairman Syahredzan Johan said that the letter is a mere request from the DPP to the High Court, which has full discretion to decide on the matter.
Syahredzan, who is also DAP central executive committee member also explained that the letter cannot be taken as evidence of a ploy against UMNO leaders as it was not a secret and Zahid’s lawyer also gets the same copy as Sequerah.
Sekiranya benar, ia tidak ‘mencampuri urusan Mahkamah’ seperti didakwa.— Syahredzan Johan (@syahredzan) August 30, 2022
Ini suatu surat permohonan. Malahan saya fikir bukan rahsia pun, ada m/s kedua yang c.c pada peguambela.
Dan Mahkamah ada budibicara untuk benarkan atau tidak.
Ini bukan arahan pada Mahkamah oleh DPP! https://t.co/c4OhbjGQRF