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Apex court begins hearing of Najib's final SRC appeal

This is the former prime minister's last avenue to quash his conviction and sentence for the misappropriation of RM42 million belonging to SRC International.

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Former prime minister Najib Razak (centre) waves as he arrives at the Federal Court in Putrajaya today. Photo: AFP
Former prime minister Najib Razak (centre) waves as he arrives at the Federal Court in Putrajaya today. Photo: AFP

The Federal Court today began hearing former prime minister Najib Razak's final appeal to quash his conviction and sentence for the misappropriation of RM42 million belonging to SRC International.

Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat chaired a five-member panel on the first day of Najib’s appeal which started at 9.56am.

The others judges are Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim and Federal Court judges Nallini Pathmanathan, Mary Lim Thiam Suan and Mohamad Zabidin Mohd. 

Ad hoc prosecutor V Sithambaram appeared for the respondent (public prosecutor) while counsel Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, Liew Teck Huat and M Rueben represented Najib as the appellant. 

Najib, 69, was accompanied by his two sons and daughter, Norashman, Nizar and Nooryana Najwa.

The apex court previously fixed Aug 15 to 19 and Aug 23 to 26 to hear the appeal. 

On Tuesday, it dismissed Najib’s application to postpone his appeal hearing and directed that the proceedings continue today.

The court also denied the Pekan MP's bid to adduce new evidence as part of his attempt to nullify the trial.

On July 28, 2020, then High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Ghazali, who is now a Court of Appeal judge, sentenced Najib to 10 years' jail for each of his three counts of criminal breach of trust and each of his three counts of money laundering, and 12 years' jail and a RM210 million fine in default of five years' jail, in the case of abuse of position.

The High Court's decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal which dismissed Najib’s bid to set aside his conviction and jail sentence as well as his fine.

More than 100 individuals in white shirts believed to be supporters of Najib have gathered outside the Palace of Justice where the proceedings are taking place.