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2 Lawyers Quit Najib's Legal Team Ahead Of Questioning By MACC

They have been replaced by a new team of lawyers.

Cover image via Aswadi Alias/Berita Harian

Two lawyers representing Datuk Seri Najib Razak have resigned

Datuk Harpal Singh Grewal spotted outside of Datuk Seri Najib Razak's home in Jalan Langgak Duta, Kuala Lumpur on 19 May.

Image via Aswadi Alias/Berita Harian

It was reported that lawyers Datuk Harpal Singh Grewal dan M Athimulan have withdrawn as legal counsels for Najib.

According to Harpal, who confirmed their withdrawal to the press last night, they had resigned voluntarily and had not been "sacked" by Najib.

"We were not dismissed; we withdrew after tonight’s discussion," he was quoted as saying by Channel NewsAsia.

It was learned that Najib had decided to engage former solicitor-general Datuk Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden and six other lawyers for his legal needs

"Zainal has got his own team and he (Najib) prefers to work with that team," Harpal told Malay Mail when contacted.

"It's no big deal, it happens in matters like this," he added. 

Yusof was the lead prosecutor in the second sodomy trial of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. However, in 2012, Yusof became part of Anwar's defence team, representing him on charges pertaining to the Bersih 3 rally.

The duo's resignation comes just hours before Najib's scheduled visit to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya today, 22 May

According to MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Operations) Azam Baki, Najib had been summoned to be present at the commission’s headquarters at 10am today to have his statement recorded.

MACC has sought for Najib's cooperation over investigations into the case involving SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former subsidiary of the controversial state-investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Malaysiakini reported that Najib has turned up for questioning by the MACC today at about 9.45am.

Previously, Azam said that Najib could be charged under the MACC Act 2009 if he did not adhere to the notice to give his statement today.

Najib delivered a speech in Pekan over the weekend in his first public appearance after stepping down as Barisan Nasional's (BN) chairman:

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