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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Shafee seeks to include Apandi's affidavit in appeal

 


Muhammad Shafee Abdullah has filed an application for additional evidence to bolster his appeal to disqualify Gopal Sri Ram from prosecuting the lawyer’s RM9.5 million money laundering case.

According to a Notice of Motion filed at the Court of Appeal yesterday, among the additional evidence includes former attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali’s affidavit over an allegation against former federal court judge Sri Ram.

Shafee (above) is appealing to the Court of Appeal over the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s decision in April last year to dismiss his bid to disqualify Sri Ram from prosecuting his RM9.5 million money laundering case.

On June 14 this year, it was reported that Apandi filed an affidavit in relation to an allegation that Sri Ram tried to coax the then attorney-general to arrest then-premier Najib Abdul Razak in early 2018.

The affidavit had since then been included in various court proceedings, such as in Najib’s bid to disqualify Sri Ram from prosecuting the former premier’s 1MDB audit report tampering criminal trial.

The bid by Najib to recuse Sri Ram from prosecuting the former’s 1MDB audit report tampering case will come up for hearing before the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Oct 16.

Shafee’s Notice of Motion to the Court of Appeal also seeks to adduce the cause papers of Najib’s bid to disqualify Sri Ram from prosecuting the former premier’s 1MDB audit report case, among others.

Today was initially fixed for the Court of Appeal to hear Shafee’s appeal to disqualify Sri Ram from prosecuting his RM9.5 million money laundering case.

However, the hearing did not proceed today following Shafee informing the three-person Court of Appeal bench about the filing of the Notice of Motion to adduce additional evidence in his appeal.

Earlier today during proceedings before the Court of Appeal bench chaired by judge Yaacob Md Sam, Shafee announced that the application was filed yesterday.

Shafee told the bench that the additional evidence is necessary as it has bearing on his present appeal.

Gopal Sri Ram

“The issue of the allegation in public by former federal court judge and attorney-general Apandi Ali has become extremely important due to the allegation against Sri Ram,” Shafee said.

Deputy public prosecutor Afzainizam Abdul Aziz informed the bench that the prosecution was just served with a copy of the Notice of Motion this morning and that they need more time to respond to it.

Yaacob then postponed the hearing of Shafee’s appeal initially set for this morning. Other members of the bench were Court of Appeal judges Azizah Nawawi and Mohd Sofian Abd Razak

The Court of Appeal registry later this morning fixed Jan 25 next year for the hearing of Shafee’s application to adduce the additional evidence.

It also fixed Dec 9 of this year to fix a hearing date for Shafee’s main appeal to disqualify Sri Ram from prosecuting his RM9.5 million money laundering case.

On Sept 13, 2018, at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court, Shafee was charged with two counts of money laundering and two counts of giving false statements in relation to the RM9.5 million allegedly received from Najib.

On Oct 3, 2018, it was reported that Shafee’s case was transferred from the lower court to the Kuala Lumpur High Court. - Mkini

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