Crime & Courts

Najib's lawyer insists he has nothing to say as prosecution ends submissions [NSTTV]

PUTRAJAYA: The prosecution has ended its submissions urging the Federal Court to uphold the conviction against Datuk Seri Najib Razak but the former prime minister's lead counsel Hisyam Teh Poh Teik has insisted that he would not be submitting anything in defence of his client.

Hisyam maintained his position despite being asked twice by Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat about the defence's unusual stance.

"Don't tell me you are not in any way prepared to submit even on one point out of the 94 points.

"Not even orally? You have tomorrow, Sunday and Monday to prepare...," she asked him after Hisyam informed the judges that he did not have anything to submit on when court resumes on Tuesday.

Tengku Maimun: Not even one?

Hisyam: No, I will not be making any submission.

Tengku Maimun: You can always submit is your liberty.

Hisyam: No.

Tengku Maimun: Ok we will decide on the matter on Tuesday.

Earlier, lead prosecutor Datuk V Sitambaram finished submitting on why the Apex Court should uphold the conviction and sentence against the former prime minister.

He started his submissions yesterday and ended at 4pm today.

The other judges hearing Najib's appeal are Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim, and Federal Court Judges Datuk P Nalini, Datuk Mary Lim Thiam Suan and Datuk Muhammad Zabidin Mohd Diah.

Najib is appealing against the 12 year jail sentence and RM210 million fine that was imposed on him by Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Datuk Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali for misappropriating RM42 million of SRC International money.

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