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Najib in bid to postpone court decision on SRC appeal

The former prime minister has applied to postpone the decision to Dec 13 onwards as he will need to undergo quarantine after returning from Singapore.

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Najib Razak has applied to the appeals court to vacate the Dec 8 date for a decision on his appeal against his conviction and sentence for misappropriating RM42 million in SRC International funds.

According to a document from Messrs Shafee & Co, who represent Najib, sent to the Registrar of the Court of Appeal, the application was due to the fact that Najib would be in Singapore until Dec 5.

“The applicant (Najib) humbly wishes to apply for the date to be vacated and the date for the decision fixed the following week, namely from Dec 13 to Dec 17, or any other dates the court thinks suitable,” it said.

According to the document, upon his return from Singapore on Dec 5, Najib would be required to undergo self-quarantine for seven days until Dec 12 and could only attend court or public gatherings from Dec 13.

The document also stated that the prosecution team had been informed of the matter and that it had not raised any objections to the rescheduling.

The document said that the trial for the money laundering case involving Najib’s lawyer, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, at the High Court was also set to resume on Dec 8, while Najib had the 1MDB fund trial at the High Court.

According to the document, the murder trial involving Samirah Muzzaffar, who is represented by Shafee, will also resume at the Shah Alam High Court from Dec 20 until Dec 23.

The Office of the Chief Registrar of the Federal Court had said a decision on Najib’s appeal against his conviction and sentence for the misappropriation of SRC International funds was set for Dec 8.

Najib, 68, filed an appeal against the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s decision on July 28 last year, sentencing him to 12 years’ jail and a fine of RM210 million after finding him guilty of seven charges of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of position involving SRC International funds totalling RM42 billion.

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