Najib’s Final Appeal Against Conviction in 2020 in SRC Case Begins In Federal Court

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 18 – The final appeal of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak against his conviction on July 28, 2020 in the SRC International Sdn Bhd case began at the Federal Court here today.

Datuk Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali had found Najib guilty of seven charges, comprising one count of abuse of power with regard to the Retirement Fund Inc’s (KWAP) RM4 billion loan to SRC and three counts each of criminal breach of trust and abuse of power with regard to RM42 million of SRC’s funds.

Najib began his appeal process after he was sentenced to 12 years in jail and fined RM210 million. The Court of Appeal upheld the conviction on Dec 8 last year.

On Monday, the Federal Court rejected his lawyers’ application to introduce new evidence in the hearing. The request to postpone the trial by another one to three months was also rejected.

Najib’s final appeal before the Federal Court today will be heard by a five-member bench led by Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat.

Prosecution is being led by ad hoc prosecutor Datuk V Sithambaram.