PUTRAJAYA: Judge Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil is heading a three-member Court of Appeal bench to hear Najib Razak’s SRC International corruption appeal.
Also on the bench are Has Zanah Mehat and Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera.
The public and the legal fraternity had been waiting to know who would feature in this appeal.
The judges’ identities had not been revealed earlier although appeal records and grounds of judgments would have been handed to them for their perusal.
Court of Appeal president Rohana Yusuf, as the administrative head of the appellate court, is entrusted to empanel judges for all criminal and civil cases.
On July 28 last year, High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali sentenced Najib to 12 years’ jail and ordered him to pay a RM210 million fine after finding him guilty on seven counts of abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money laundering in relation to RM42 million belonging to SRC International Sdn Bhd.
Najib, who is the Pekan MP, is appealing against the conviction and sentence.
Nazlan allowed Najib’s application to stay the jail sentence and fine but the former prime minister was asked to post a RM2 million bail, which he did.
Najib has submitted 307 grounds in his petition of appeal on why he should be acquitted of the charges.
Lawyer V Sithambaram, who has been given a special licence by the attorney-general, is leading the prosecution team. Assisting him are Donald Joseph Franklin, Sulaiman Kho Kheng Fuei and Mohd Ashrof Adrin Kamil.
Najib’s lead counsel, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, will be assisted by Harvinderjit Singh, Farhan Muhammad Shafee and Nur Syahirah Hanapiah.