Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, lawyer of the charged former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak, will be applying to disqualify Attorney-General Tommy Thomas from leading the prosecution team in Najib's case
The Star reported Shafee as saying that a formal application to the High Court will be done within the next two weeks.
"We want to complete our research first and gather all the material we need. We will compile all the statements that he had issued about my client prior to the charging (4 July)," the lawyer was quoted as saying by The Star.
Najib's counsel had said on Wednesday, 4 July, that the defence was considering a motion for disqualification of the Attorney-General, according to The Malaysian Reserve.
Shafee cited two reasons behind the application to disqualify the Attorney-General
"I think he has made a pre-judgement even before becoming the A-G (Attorney-General)," Shafee was quoted as saying by The Malaysian Reserve on Wednesday.
Nonetheless, The Star reported the lawyer as saying that Najib's counsel needs time to dig up all the necessary information, and the team will file the application when they are ready.
Furthermore, Shafee said that Tommy Thomas and his team are "not ready" for proceedings coming up.
"It is the prosecution who have asked for a one-month delay for a mere mention," he told reporters on Wednesday, before adding that it should be the defence asking for the delay instead as they were taken by surprise.
"You would have thought that they would be ready when they charged my client today (4 July). After all, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said they were ready in July 2015. If you were ready then, how come you are not ready today?" Shafee questioned.
At the time of writing, there is no word from the Attorney-General as to why the prosecution team had asked for a month-long delay for a mention of the case.
Tommy Thomas is waiting for Shafee's application to be filed after the defence lawyer announced the motion to disqualify the Attorney-General
Nonetheless, he reiterated that there is a "strong case" against Najib in the trial of SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)
"We reached the conclusion that we have a strong prima facea (at face-value) case, but accept the burden of proof is on us and that the accused is innocent until proven guilty," he said.
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