KUALA LUMPUR JUNE 7:Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has filed an application to adduce further evidence in the SRC International case and persuade the Federal Court to nullify the earlier trial that has sentenced him to 12 years jail and fined RM210 million.
Counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said, the further evidence which the former Prime Minister wants to adduce is on the recent discoveries made against the trial judge Datuk Mohd.Nazlan Mohd. Ghazali.
Muhammad Shafee said, the trial judge has failed to disclose that he was the general counsel and company secretary for the Maybank Group in 2006 which was responsible for proposing the establishment of SRC International.
“The prosecution never disclosed Maybank’s involvement in the setting up of SRC at any point of the trial.
“Nazlan made his findings and judgement against my client that Najib had engineered the formation of SRC.
“This new evidence is intended to persuade the Federal Court to nullify the trial of High Court as it infringes the rules against bias and fair trial principles,” he said at a press conference at Jalan Duta courts complex this evening and posted via video in Najib’s Facebook.
Shafee said, as the general counsel and company secretary of Maybank, Nazlan was also the head of the corporate and legal services and would have known about the RM140 million loan given to Putra Perdana Development (PPD).
“The judge would have known or have a good suspicion that RM42 million had never had its source from the RM4 billion KWAP loan,” Shafee said.
Accordingf to Shafee, Nazlan’s involvement and knowledge of all this has amounted to a conflict of interest and had led to a real danger of bias.
Shafee hopes the application to adduce this further evidence could be heard the soonest.
“We are hoping this application will be treated with utmost urgency forget about the merits of the appeal (at the Federal Court)”, Shafee said.
Nazlan was the judge who presided over Najib’s SRC trial at the High Court that started in April 2019 and ended with a guilty verdict in July 2020.-Malaysia World News