Najib’s bid to appoint Queen’s Counsel fixed for June hearing

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Najib Razak, who is appealing before the Federal Court to overturn his conviction in the RM42 million SRC International case, has been instructed to file his application to engage a Queen’s Counsel by May 20.

Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Ashrof Adrin Kamarul said the admission hearing has also been tentatively fixed between June 20 and 24.

The hearing date will be finalised at the next case management on Feb 25, he told FMT after appearing before Federal Court deputy registrar Siti Hajar Mustaffa today.

Counsel Nur Syahirah Hanapiah represented Najib at today’s case management.

Three days ago, Najib’s lead counsel, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, wrote a letter to Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat informing her that Najib would engage a QC, and that the appeal should not be rushed.

Shafee said the appeal involved complex issues of law considered novel in the Commonwealth.

He said fixing an early date to hear the appeal would, therefore, be prejudicial to Najib, especially with this being his final recourse.

Bernama

According to procedures, Najib has to file the application in the High Court and serve the legal papers on the Malaysian Bar, the Attorney-General’s Chambers, and the Federal Territory Bar Committee.

Under Section 18 (1) of the Legal Profession Act 1976, he has to show that the QC he intends to engage has special qualifications or experience of a nature not available among lawyers in Malaysia.

On Dec 8, the Court of Appeal upheld the conviction and 12-year jail term, and RM210 million fine on Najib for abuse of power, money laundering, and misappropriating RM42 million in SRC funds.

Judge Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil, who led a three-member bench, said trial judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali did not misdirect himself for an appellate intervention. – FMT


Earlier report:

Jan 24, Najib to engage Queen’s Counsel from UK to argue SRC appeal