Lawyer Muhammad Shafee denies charging ex-Malaysia PM Najib S$806,000 in legal fees


Senior lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah (pictured) has denied claims through a text message that Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak will be charged RM2.4 million (S$806,000) in legal fees.
Senior lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah (pictured) has denied claims through a text message that Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak will be charged RM2.4 million (S$806,000) in legal fees.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Senior lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah has denied claims that he is charging former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak RM2.4 million (S$806,000) in legal fees.

Earlier on Monday (July 9) Datuk Lokman Noor Adam, supreme council member of Najib's party Umno, had told reporters that the party had managed to raise funds to cover the remaining RM500,000 due of Najib's RM1 million bail, but it had not raised enough to also pay his legal fees of RM2.4 million.

"Not true," Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee said in a text message on Monday.

Last Wednesday, Najib claimed trial to three counts of criminal breach of trust and another charge of abuse of power involving RM42 million linked to SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Bail was allowed for Najib and set at RM million in cash in two sureties.

Payment of the bail was allowed to be made in two instalments and Najib left the court complex last Wednesday after paying RM500,000, with the remainder paid on Monday.