PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court has fixed Aug 10 for the hearing of UK-based King's Counsel Jonathan Laidlaw’s appeal to be admitted as an advocate and solicitor to represent former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the SRC International Sdn Bhd (SRC) case.
The hearing date was fixed during a case management before Federal Court deputy registrar Suhaila Haron on Thursday (May 18).
Counsel Wan Mohammad Arfan Wan Othman, who appeared for Laidlaw in the case management, and Malaysian Bar’s lawyer Annemarie Pravina Vendargon, when contacted by Bernama, confirmed the hearing date.
Vendargon said the Federal Court will also hear on the same day the applications by the public prosecutor, the Attorney General's Chambers, the Malaysian Bar and Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee to strike out Laidlaw's appeal and the public prosecutor’s intervener application.
The public prosecutor, who was not named as a respondent in Laidlaw's appeal, had filed the intervener application to be included as the fourth respondent in his appeal as it said it was a party in the proceedings at the High Court, but was unilaterally dropped in the appeal.
Meanwhile, Wan Mohammad Arfan said as of now, the appeal is still on.
It is unclear why Laidlaw wants to proceed with the appeal when the Federal Court had on March 31 this year dismissed Najib’s review application against his conviction, custodial sentence and fine for the misappropriation of RM42mil in SRC funds.
Previously, Najib’s counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said that Laidlaw would represent Najib if there was a rehearing of his appeal pertaining to his SRC case in the Federal Court .
The High Court in 2020 had sentenced Najib to 12 years in jail and fined him RM210mil. His appeal against his conviction and sentence was dismissed by the Court of Appeal in 2021.
Najib, 69, is serving his sentence in Kajang Prison after the Federal Court upheld his conviction, sentence and fine on Aug 23 last year. - Bernama