Najib Razak’s lead counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah is confident that his defence team has a better chance to clear the former prime minister’s name at the Court of Appeal.
Speaking to reporters at the lobby of the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex, Shafee said there are another 10 judges from the Appellate Court and the Federal Court to judge on the RM42 million SRC International case.
“There is no evidence to show that Najib was the one who instructed the RM42 million be credited into his account and this is only one judge. There are 10 more to go. Three judges from the Court of Appeal and seven from the Federal Court.
“We will appeal and we have better chances (to clear Najib’s name).
“Nonetheless, the trial has been fair, the only complaint we have is that the judge does not seem to imply this case as a criminal law case but a civil case,” he explained.
He also claimed that the judge had committed honest mistakes in his judgment.
“This judgment is honest, he is an honest man, and he honestly made various mistakes.
“And from the judgment at the prosecution stage, he has gone into the current final judgment and we find the error compounded,” Shafee claimed.
Meanwhile, ad hoc prosecutor Datuk V Sithambaram said that the conviction represents a significant victory for justice.
“Of course, as prosecutors we came with evidence, both in documentary form and with witnesses, presented the evidence and we are pleased that the evidence that we believed, we trusted, which we thought there was a case, was accepted by the court.
“This is a victory for justice. Of course, it’s a huge relief for us with the findings of the learned judge,” he said.
When asked to comment on Shafee’s assertion that the judge had made “honest mistakes”, Sithambaram said the manner and level of detail Nazlan displayed when delivering his judgment earlier today bears testament to him properly scrutinising all the evidence adduced over the course of the trial.
“There is no judge that is not honest. He has heard the case for 100 days with 57 witnesses from the prosecution and 19 witnesses from the defence.
“He saw them in person and with the documentary evidence that has been presented, he evaluated it, and with the submission put in by the defence which ran into more than 2,000 pages and the submission by the prosecution which was about 600 to 700 pages.
“He has read all that and his judgment today was testimony that he has considered all the facts and he has come and made a finding based on fact,” he said.