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Court rejects Najib’s application for gag order

High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali has dismissed former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s application for a gag order on the media and public with regard to discussing the merits of his corruption case.

Justice Mohd Nazlan said the existing laws on contempt and defamation could be pursued instead.

He said the court found there was nothing prejudicial against Najib as the court did not have a jury system and the decision was made by the judge.

Najib’s lead counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah indicated that he would file an appeal against the decision.

Following the decision, Justice Nazlan took an hour to fix trial dates beginning Feb 12 to March 29 for hearing.

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