Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (centre) leaving the High Court on Feb 12 after the hearing of seven charges involving SRC International Sdn Bhd funds totalling RM42 million. – Bernama file photo
PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal heretoday setMarch 11 and 12 to hear fourappeals by former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razakto reversea High Courts rulingover the interlocutory applications in Najibs seven criminal charges relating to SRC International Sdn Bhd funds totalling RM42 million.
Deputy Public Prosecutor,Budiman Lutfi Mohamed said Court of Appeal Registrar DatukNorsharidahAwangfixed the dates after meeting him,DPPMuhammad Izzat Fauzan and lawyer HarvinderjitSingh whois actingfor Najibin the chambers.
Budiman said Najibs lawyer had informed the court that the defence needed 10 days from the date they (defence) received the appeal record onwithdrawing a certificate of transfer for them to filethe petition of appeal.
Therefore, the court fixed March 11 and 12 to hear the appeal together with another three appeals by the appellant (Najib). The court also ordered both parties to file written submissions by March 4 or 5, he told reporters after the case was mentioned in chambers.
Budiman also said Attorney-General Tommy Thomas had writtena letter to the Court of Appeal President on Wednesday to get an early hearing date on the appeals.
On the two days, the Court of Appeal would hear the appeals by Najib on hisapplication for a gag order to prohibit the media from discussing the merits of his criminal cases;his application for the recovery of documents and statements and his challenge onthe appointment of lawyer Datuk Sulaiman Abdullah as the lead prosecutor in his seven charges pertaining to SRC International.
All the three applications were dismissed by Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali
The Court of Appeal would also to hear Najibsappeal on thewithdrawal oftransfer certificate.
Najibfiled the appeal to quash MohdNazlans decision on Feb 7, toallowthe prosecution led by Thomas to withdraw the certificate to transfer Najibs case from the Sessions Court to the High Court.
Thomas informed Mohd Nazlanthat the prosecution made the move due to the Federal Courts decisions in the Semenyih Jaya (2017) and M. Indira Gandhi (2018) cases, which raised a doubt in respect of the exercise of the powers by the Public Prosecutor to transfer a case from the Sessions Court to the High Court.
He said the prosecution withdrew the certificate to avoid any possible argument that the transfer was a nullity.
Najib subsequently filed the appeal to the Court of Appeal on the same day in a bid to set aside the High Court ruling granting the public prosecutor to withdraw the certificate of transfer.
On Feb 7, the Court of Appeal was scheduledto hear the three appeals by Najib, however the hearing was adjourned as Najibs lawyer had requested the appeal on the withdrawal ofthe certificate of transfer to be heard first.
The Court of Appeal then fixed March 11 and 12 to hear the three appeals.
On July 4last year, the 66-year old PekanMPwas charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust and one chargeof abusing his position over SRC International funds amounting to RM42 million.
On Aug 8last year, he was charged with three counts of money laundering involving the same amount of money.
His SRCs trial which wasscheduled to commence on Feb 12 was adjourned after the Court of Appeal allowed Najibs applicationto stay the trial pending the outcome of his appeal on the withdrawal of the transfer certificate. – Bernama
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