PETALING JAYA: Attorney-General Tommy Thomas has appointed Datuk Sulaiman Abdullah to replace him as lead prosecutor in the criminal case against former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.
"A trial of this importance and complexity requires the full-time attention of lead counsel, not just during the duration of the trial, but also in the months leading to the trial, followed by the preparation of detailed written submissions after the trial.
"Unfortunately, the demands of the equally urgent and pressing matters of state do not permit me the time required to focus on this prosecution," he said in a statement today.
He described Sulaiman as one of the nation's leading barristers with substantial experience in criminal law, including white-collar crime.
"His eloquence is unmatched, and his intellect is second to none. He has impeccable integrity, and is a principled lawyer," he said.
He also announced the appointment of retired Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram as a senior deputy public prosecutor whose experience would help to spearhead the case once investigation papers into the alleged fraud relating to 1Malaysia Development Berhad is submitted to the Attorney General's Chambers.
Both lawyers have agreed to waive all legal fees and will act on a pro bono basis.