When Rosmah Mansor learns if she needs to enter her defence on corruption charges, her husband Najib Razak will be by her side. (AP pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Najib Razak is expected to be present to support his wife Rosmah Mansor when the High Court delivers its decision on whether she will be called to enter her defence or walk free over corruption charges related to a solar hybrid project involving schools in Sarawak.

Najib’s lead counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah informed High Court judge, Collin Lawrence Sequerah, who is presiding over Najib’s 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial, that his client wanted to attend Rosmah’s court proceedings before attending his own trial which was scheduled to start at 9.30am.

“My client wants to be there to support his wife,” said Shafee.

Justice Sequerah then allowed the application and ordered for the 1MDB trial to start later at 10am tomorrow or once the court proceedings for Rosmah concludes.

Rosmah’s case before High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan will begin at 9am.

Shafee, when met outside the court later, said three deputy public prosecutors in the 1MDB case had also informed the judge that they will be attending Rosmah’s proceedings.

“And then I stood up and said my client would like to be there too for emotional support when his wife receives the judgment for the defence to be called or not,” he told reporters.

Asked whether Najib would be allowed to attend in the proceedings (Rosmah’s case), Shafee said there was no issue as it was decision day and not a trial proper.

Najib had been previously been asked to leave the open court proceedings when he attended Rosmah’s trial.

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