malaymail.com 28 Apr, 2021 11:45 am

Appeals Court reprimands Najib’s defence for being repetitive, ‘incoherent’ in conviction appeal submissions

Appeals Court reprimands Najib’s defence for being repetitive, ‘incoherent’ in conviction appeal submissions
PUTRAJAYA, April 28 — The Court of Appeal has reprimanded Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s defence team for being repetitive and “incoherent” in its submissions after it failed to wrap up Najib’s appeal hearing against the conviction and jail sentence for misappropriation of RM42 million SRC...

PUTRAJAYA, April 28 — The Court of Appeal has reprimanded Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s defence team for being repetitive and “incoherent” in its submissions after it failed to wrap up Najib’s appeal hearing against the conviction and jail sentence for misappropriation of RM42 million SRC International Sdn Bhd funds that was fixed for conclusion today.This took place when Najib’s lawyer Harvinderjit Singh was earlier submitting in length on the admissibility of court documents and procedural aspects pertaining to the trial at the High Court, as the appeal.With the appeal hearing nearing the usual adjournment time of 4pm, Court of Appeal judge Datuk Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil who sounded and looked visibly irritated, interjected Harvinderjit’s submission and gave him a stern warning to avoid repeating his submissions which has already been heard by the bench several weeks prior.“The most important thing is to make us clear, so we can see clearer or else we’re all jumbled up by the arguments,” he added, chairing a three-member panel alongside Court of Appeal judges Datuk Has Zanah Mehat and Datuk Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera.

The Court of Appeal initially fixed 12 days — April 5 to 8, 12 to 15 and 19 to 22 — to hear the appeal.However the new date fixed for the appeal hearing would now clash with Najib’s ongoing 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial scheduled at the High Court from May 3 until May 6 before High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah.

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