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Jul 23, 2008

Court throws out Karpal's application to call Najib as witness in murder trial

Malaysiainisider | Lawyer Karpal Singh's application to call Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib as witness and recall private investigator P. Balasubramaniam to the stand in the on-going Altantuya Sharibuu murder trial was thrown out this morning.

Speaking to the press outside of the court immediately after, he said he was surprised that DPP Tun Majid did not support it as the prosecution should have made the application in the first place but 'instead I had to do it'.

He reiterated that the police had said on July 19 that they would investigate everyone named in the two statutory declarations made by P. Balasubramaniam. 'How can the court make a finding on the credibility of Bala if investigations are still being carried out?'

Earlier in the court, judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Yasin had said, 'This court will only exercise that right when the need arises.' Karpal added later, 'I hope it does. The court should not just sit mutely.'

Karpal added that he might take this to the Court of Appeal.

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