Malaysian PM Najib gets stay in election spending suit

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak.
PHOTO: Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR - The High Court here has granted stay for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor pending the disposal of their striking out application over a suit by PKR.

The party and several Opposition leaders are suing Najib, Tengku Adnan, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the Election Commission (EC) for alleged breach of election laws following the expose by The Wall Street Journal that RM2.6 billion (S$855 million) was deposited into the Prime Minister's personal accounts.

High Court judicial commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab granted the stay application by Najib and Tengku Adnan after hearing submissions from the parties on Tuesday.

JC Mohd Zaki said that there were special circumstances to grant the application.

On Aug 12, former Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, former PAS MP for Kuala Selangor Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, PKR election director Datuk Saifuddin Nasution, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar and Batu MP Tian Chua filed the suit.

They named Najib, Tengku Adnan, 1MDB and the EC as defendants.

In a statement of claim, the plaintiffs claimed that Najib committed serious offences under the Anti-Money Laundering Act, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act, Financial Servic­es Act, Exchange Control Act and the Penal Code.

They contended that the RM2.6 billion received and spent by Najib and Barisan in the 13th general election far exceeded the permitted expenditure of RM94.7 million.

Among others, they are seeking a declaration that by reason of the commission of alleged corrupt and or illegal practices, that Barisan is an unlawful society, and for an order deregistering the party as a society.

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