Court grants former Umno member stay over Najib's strike-out application

SPEAKING UP: Former Umno member Anina Saadudin.

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has allowed former Umno member Anina Saadudin's application to stay Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's bid to strike out her suit over a RM2.6bil political donation.

Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab said the court agreed with Anina's lawyer that there were special circumstances to grant the stay.

He added that the case was postponed pending Anina's suit against Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and executive secretary Abdul Rauf Yusoh over a case regarding the termination of her Umno membership.

"Special circumstances must be shown to get a stay and it is obvious that there is a strong connection with the other case," said Mohd Zaki.

Mohd Zaki fixed Dec 15 for further case management pending the outcome of her other suit, which will be heard on Nov 30.

On Sept 11, Anina filed a suit over her termination as an Umno member claiming her dismissal from the party was not in accordance to the party's constitution.

She filed a suit against Najib on Aug 28, demanding he accountted for the money donated to him prior to the 2013 general election.

On Sept 18, Anina also filed applications to freeze Najib's assets before he was given an exemption from filing his defence pending the outcome of his application to strike out Anina's suit on Oct 1.