PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Razak's lead counsel has pleaded for four months to prepare for his client's final appeal in the SRC International case at the Federal court.
Senior counsel Hisyam Teh Poh Teik requested for an adjournment to the hearing of the appeal after stating that he needed time to prepare as he had just being appointed as lead counsel for the case.
"It is my fault.... It is not the appellant's. I am aware of the rule of ethics.
"I hope the court can consider giving me sufficient time," he said, adding this was no ordinary appeal involving volumes of records concerning the case.
Hisyam added he had never asked for adjournments in the four and a half decades he had been practicing as a lawyer.
The senior lawyer said he needed three to four months, adding this was not too long a time to ask given the circumstances.
Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, who is leading a five man bench, will decide on the defence application shortly.