PUTRAJAYA, April 16 — The Federal Court today struck out former Langkawi Wanita Umno member Anina Saadudin’s bid to reinstate her tort of misfeasance lawsuit against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak pertaining to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
Chief Justice Tun Raus Sharif who sat with Federal Court judges Datuk Seri Balia Yusof Wahi and Tan Sri Aziah Ali struck out her application for leave to appeal and also allowed her lawyer Irzan Iswad to discharge himself from representing her.
Anina was not present in court today but according to Irzan who stood in for counsel Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, she did not object to his application to discharge himself.
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, former Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief Khairuddin Abu Hassan and Anina sued Najib on March 23, 2016, accusing him of having committed misfeasance in public office and acting in breach of his fiduciary duty over the management of sovereign investment fund 1MDB.
On April 28 last year, the High Court allowed Najib’s application to strike out the suit, ruling that the prime minister was not a public official but a member of the administration.
On August 30, last year, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal brought by Dr Mahathir, Khairuddin and Anina, prompting them to file an application for leave to appeal to the federal court.
On February 27, this year at the Federal Court, a three-man panel led by Raus also dismissed Dr Mahathir and Khairuddin’s application for leave to appeal. — Bernama