KUALA LUMPUR: One of the main prosecutors in Datuk Seri Najib Razak's SRC International trial was today accepted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.
Datuk Suhaimi Ibrahim was called to the bar before High Court Judge Datuk Nordin Hassan.
Earlier, lead prosecutor in the SRC International trial, Datuk V. Sithambaram, moved to introduce Suhaimi.
He said Suhaimi, 61, was born on Dec 18, 1958, in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, and was the eldest of eight children.
Suhaimi, he said, was impressed with the legal practice from the time he did his diploma at Universiti Teknologi Mara (previously known as Institute Teknologi Mara).
“However, upon completing his diploma, Suhaimi did not immediately proceed to enrol himself at a law school as he sought employment to ease the financial burden of his parents and to see through his younger siblings’ education.
"He joined the civil service and was appointed as the Road Transport Department's prosecuting officer," he said, adding this allowed Suhaimi to lead down a path which enabled his interest in law to flourish.
Suhaimi then decided to read law at University Malaya (UM) from 1984 to 1988 before he was appointed as a legal and judicial officer in 1989.
He then went on to serve in multiple capacities such as a magistrate, senior assistant registrar and deputy public prosecutor.
As a deputy public prosecutor, he was posted to the Malaysia Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) and various other prosecution units throughout the country such as in Penang, Negri Sembilan, Sabah, Sarawak, and Kuala Lumpur.
“The petitioner wishes to take this opportunity to express his utmost gratitude to his family for their unwavering support and sacrifice.
“The petitioner is also extremely grateful to all his peers and colleagues at the Attorney General’s Chambers, in particular to members of the SRC International team of which he is a member,” he said.
Nordin then allowed the petition to accept Suhaimi as an advocate and solicitor.
Meanwhile, Suhaimi, when met after the proceedings, said he was grateful to continue in the profession.
“I still have until December to finish the SRC International trial and we will see what happens after that," he said.
Suhaimi who was jovial then posed for a group photo with Sithambaram and his family members who waited outside the courtroom.
Several of his colleagues and former colleagues also turned up for the ceremony including Deputy Public Prosecutors Manoj Kurup and Budiman Lutfi Mohamed.