Judge limits ‘fishing expedition’ to 10 minutes

Judge limits ‘fishing expedition’ to 10 minutes

KUALA LUMPUR: High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali limited a ‘fishing expedition’ – the questioning by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s defence team – to 10 minutes after the prosecution raised objections.

Deputy public prosecutor V Sithambaram objected to the line of questioning of defence counsel Harvinderjit Singh on witness, Shuzairizman Shuib, a digital forensics analyst with Bank Negara’s Financial Intelligence and Enforcement Department.

“They (defence) must specify what they want (in cross-examination). This is a fishing expedition,” said Sithambaram to Nazlan.

Harvinderjit spent 30 minutes, questioning Shuzairizman on alleged non-compliance of standard operating procedure by the witness on recording the extraction of digital data from a phone.

Shuzairizman initially testified on the data extracted from devices confiscated from the Jalan Raja Chulan branch of AmBank on July 6, 2015.

The ongoing trial is over SRC International’s RM42 million. Najib is facing once power abuse, three criminal breach of trust and three money laundering charges in this case.

By: K Pragalath

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