A three-man bench led by Justice Has Zanah Mehat allowed the application by Najib, who sought to extend the time for him to file the petition of appeal, after the prosecution did not object to it.
Lawyer Muhammad Farhan Muhammad Shafee applied for the extension beginning Sept 18 until Oct 18 to file the petition.
He said this was because the records of appeal consisted of 112 volumes and the grounds of judgment from the High Court judge ran 801 pages.
“In the interest of substantive justice, we do need time to adequately prepare the petition,” he said here yesterday.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Ashrof Adrin Kamarul said the prosecution had no objection.
Normal court procedure stipulates that the defence in Najib’s appeal has 10 days to file the petition of appeal after receiving the records of appeal.
This means the deadline is next Monday.
The other judges on the bench were Justices Lee Swee Seng and Nordin Hassan.
Najib is appealing against his conviction and the 12-year jail sentence and RM210mil fine imposed by the Kuala Lumpur High Court.
On July 28, the 67-year-old former prime minister was found guilty of seven charges of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of position involving RM42mil of SRC International funds.
Najib was sentenced to 12 years’ jail for the offence related to abuse of power, and 10 years’ jail each for three counts of criminal breach of trust.
The Pekan MP was also sentenced to 10 years’ jail for each of the three counts of money laundering.
All the jail terms are to run concurrently.
Najib is currently out on a RM2mil bail in two sureties pending appeal.
The prosecution has also filed a notice of appeal to increase the sentence imposed on Najib but yet to file the petition of appeal.
Najib’s appeal is fixed for case management on Oct 2.
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