Nizar Najib withdraws appeal in RM13m tax case

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Mohd Nizar Najib, son of former prime minister Najib Razak, has withdrawn his appeal against a high court decision to allow summary judgment over his non-payment of tax arrears.

Nizar’s lawyer, Wee Yeong Kang, said a notice of discontinuance of the appeal was filed on Tuesday.

“We have withdrawn our appeal,” he said after case management, which was held before Court of Appeal deputy registrar Mariam Hasanah Othman and attended by Wee and senior revenue counsel Muhammad Nabil Abdul Halim.

Nizar had recorded a consent order with the special commissioners of income tax on August 26 in the RM13.1 million income tax suit filed by the Inland Revenue Board.

The consent order recorded was in relation to the additional tax assessment for 2011 to 2017, inclusive of 10% and 5% penalties, which came to more than RM13 million.

It was reported that the sum Nizar agreed to pay was “significantly less” than the amount claimed by IRB.

On August 7, 2020, Shah Alam High Court allowed IRB’s application for a summary judgment and ordered Nizar to pay the full arrears. He appealed on August 11.