Former prime minister Najib Razak today received approval from the Federal Court for an extension of time to file an appeal petition to set aside his conviction regarding the misappropriation of RM42 million in SRC International funds.
A three-man bench led by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim unanimously approved the application filed by Najib on April 11, Malaysiakini reported.
Najib must file his petition of appeal by today, the deadline stated in his application.
Najib had said in his supporting affidavit that his defence team needed more time to study the records of appeal and prepare a complete petition.
He said the grounds of the judgment prepared by the Court of Appeal judges 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.