KUALA LUMPUR – An argument between the prosecution and the defence erupted in the corruption trial of Datuk Seri Najib Razak with lawyers throwing jibes at each other.

The dramatic turn took place during cross-examination of the 54th prosecution witness, Joanna Yu, by defence lawyer Harvinderjit Singh on Tuesday (July 23).

Yu was grilled over funds transferred to Najib’s bank account with the ending number 880 and said she could not remember.

The lawyer then asked if she had received documents from fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho over the funds transfer, to which Yu replied that she received a letter from former SRC International Sdn Bhd CEO Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil.

Najib allegedly received funds as 'gifts'

The line of questioning became increasingly aggressive when the witness tried to explain but kept getting cut off by the lawyer.

Ad hoc lawyer Datuk V. Sithambaram stood up to object.

Harvinderjit then said “pedantic” and this made Sithambaram responded with “you’re pathetic”.

Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali reminded both parties not to use such descriptions in court.

Sithambaram apologised to the court.

Najib is facing seven charges involving misappropriation of RM42 million (S$13.9 million) in SRC International funds.

The hearing continues on Wednesday (July 24).

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