Najib seeks to adjourn SRC appeal hearing on Feb 15

PUTRAJAYA: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who has been sentenced to 12 years’ jail and fined RM210mil for misappropriation of RM42mil of SRC International Sdn Bhd funds, is seeking to adjourn his appeal against his conviction and sentence scheduled for Feb 15.

Najib’s lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said the letter for the adjournment had been submitted to the Court of Appeal president’s office yesterday.

“We are asking for an adjournment because we need more time to examine the documents as we have identified several corrections in the bundle (of documents) which comprise notes of proceedings and 800 exhibits, ” he told reporters after attending the case management before the Court of Appeal’s deputy registrars Darmafikri Abu Adam and N. Kanageswari.

The lawyer said the court had fixed Jan 25 for the next case management.

Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Ashrof Adrin Kamarul and lawyers Farhan Read and Nur Syahirah Hanapiah, who were also representing Najib, were present during the case management.

On Oct 1 last year, the court fixed 12 days in February and March for the hearing of the appeal.

The Pekan MP has submitted 307 grounds in his petition of appeal on why he should not have been convicted.

Najib had on July 30 filed the notice of appeal against the conviction and sentence meted out by High Court judge Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.

The judge had found him guilty on seven charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT), money laundering and abuse of position involving RM42mil of SRC funds. — Bernama

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