Court orders Najib’s application to add new evidence

 

Najib Razak’s application to adduce fresh evidence in a bid to set aside his conviction in the RM42 million SRC International corruption appeal will proceed at 12.30pm today despite a plea by a lawyer for the former prime minister to adjourn the proceedings.

A three-member Court of Appeal bench chaired by Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil said the proceedings will go online as provided for under the Courts of Judicature Act.

“The parties will be given an hour or so to make their submissions,” said Karim, who is sitting with Has Zanah Mehat and Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera.

He said he did not want to hear any excuse and will decide accordingly later if the order is not complied with.

Counsel Harvinder Singh Sidhu had earlier submitted to the bench that today’s proceedings be postponed to another date as one of the lawyers in Najib’s legal team is down with Covid-19.

Najib was absent from court, and his bailors – Alias Yahya and Faizal Shamsuddin – arrived in the midst of the proceedings.

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