Najib’s SRC appeal resumes as CJ disallows adjournment

by SHAFIQUL ALIFF / Pic Source: Bernama

THE Federal Court will continue to hear former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak’s (centre) appeal regarding his SRC International Sdn Bhd case next Tuesday after Chief Justice (CJ) Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat denies adjournment.

Defence chief Hisyam Teh Poh Teik had asked for the next hearing to be held on Thursday but Tengku Maimun said he had three days to prepare something.

“I have said so many times. You have tomorrow, Sunday and Monday. Do not tell us you are not prepared to submit on any of the 94 grounds (listed in the petition of appeal filed by Najib’s former lawyers)?” she asked.

Hisyam said he had to attend Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s case at the Kuala Lumpur High Court next week, but this was not accepted by the CJ.

He said the postponement to Tuesday “will not change anything”, insisting that he could not make adequate preparations to which the CJ said it was within Hisyam’s right to do so.

Earlier today, he told the court that Najib had discharged Zaid Ibrahim Suflan TH Liew & Partners from representing him in his appeal.

Najib, 69, was convicted of seven charges of abuse of power, money laundering and criminal breach of trust over SRC International funds amounting to RM42 million in July 2020. 

His conviction was upheld by the Court of Appeal on Dec 8, 2021. The appeal court also upheld the 12-year prison sentence and a fine of RM210 million.