Several journalists hurt in scuffle while covering Najib's corruption trial

Media personnel covering Najib's court case at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex have been asked to observe the rules and obey police's instructions.
Media personnel covering Najib's court case at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex have been asked to observe the rules and obey police's instructions.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Several journalists suffered minor injuries when covering the prosecution of former prime minister Najib Razak at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex here on Wednesday (July 4).

According to a foreign reporter who declined to be identified, the incident occurred during a commotion as Najib was entering the main door of the court complex.

"It happened to a few others (also) when we were trying to take photographs of Najib.

"Two other reporters and two photographers were also injured," he told Bernama.

According to him, a female reporter went to a nearby hospital to seek treatment after she suffered a nosebleed during the scuffle.

Media personnel covering Najib's court case at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex have been asked to observe the rules and obey police's instructions.

City police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said this was because the area is a restricted zone and there are rules that must be followed.

 
 
 

He urged media personnel and the public not to do anything that violated the rules.

"I hope they (media personnel) will obey police's instructions and not be in areas prohibited by the courts," he told Bernama.

Asked about the level of security at the complex, Mazlan said police had the situation under control and that adequate manpower was being provided for the task.

The Star reported that police officers from the canine unit were seen inspecting the carpark and courts complex at about 7am.

Officers were also seen using metal detectors on nearby plant pots and garbage bins.

Najib was charged with one count of abuse of power to receive a a RM42 million bribe to allow pension fund KWAP to give a RM4 billion loan to SRC International.

He was also charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT).

SRC International was a subsidiary of 1MDB until it was placed under the jurisdiction of the Finance Ministry in 2012.

Najib. 64, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

He left the court after posting bail and has vowed to clear his name.