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Najib applies for more time to file appeal petition over SRC conviction

The former prime minister says his team needs more time to study all of the records given.

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Former prime minister Najib Razak has applied for an extension of no later than April 25 to file an appeal petition to the Federal Court to set aside his conviction in the misappropriation of RM42 million in SRC International funds.

Najib filed the application through Messrs Shafee & Co at the Federal Court on April 11.

According to his supporting affidavit released to the media today, Najib said the grounds of the judgment prepared by the judges of the appeals court contained 176 volumes in total and the defence only received them on March 31.

“It is impossible for my defence team to study all the records of appeals and prepare a complete appeal petition in such a short time to address all of the issues raised by the Court of Appeal judges.

“The grounds of judgment should be scrutinised by examining the notes of the proceedings at both stages to ensure accuracy in the findings, inferences made and applicable laws,” the Pekan MP said.

On Dec 8, 2021, the Court of Appeal upheld Najib’s conviction, 12-year jail sentence and RM210 million fine for misappropriating RM42 million belonging to SRC International.

Judge Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil, who presided with Has Zanah Mehat and Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera, unanimously dismissed Najib’s appeal against the High Court decision on July 28, 2020.

Najib subsequently filed an appeal at the Federal Court.

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