Najib’s appeal hearing on tax arrears case pushed to Aug 11 due to lockdown

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal has postponed the hearing of an appeal filed by former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak involving RM1.69bil in tax arrears to Aug 11.

The appeal was initially scheduled to be heard on Wednesday (June 16).

Lawyer Wee Yeong Kang, who represented Najib, said the matter was postponed due to the lockdown.

"The hearing of the appeal has been rescheduled to Aug 11," he said when contacted.

Court of Appeal deputy registrar Mariam Hasanah Othman fixed the date when the matter was brought up for case management via online today.

On July 22 last year, the High Court ruled that Najib must pay the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) the amount after allowing the LHDN's application to enter a summary judgment against him.

A summary judgment is when the court decides a particular case summarily, without calling witnesses to testify in a trial.

On June 25, 2019, the government, through LHDN, filed the suit against Najib seeking payment for a total of RM1.69bil, with interest at 5% a year from the date of judgment, as well as costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.

It also said that Najib was given 60 days to pay the tax, together with the 10% increase, but had failed to do so.

Najib is appealing against the High Court's decision on the July 22 summary judgment.

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