PUTRAJAYA: Former Malaysia prime minister Najib Razak on Tuesday (Aug 23) failed in his bid to recuse Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat from presiding over his final appeal against a 12-year jail term and RM210 million (US$46.8 million) fine.
Earlier in the day, Najib’s lead counsel Hisyam Teh Poh Teik informed the Federal Court that the application to recuse the Chief Justice was filed the night before.
Citing a social media post by the Chief Justice’s husband in 2018, Mr Teh said it is clear that he had negative sentiments towards Najib’s leadership. He argued that this was grounds for the Chief Justice to recuse herself from the proceedings.
Mr Teh was joined by Mr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah in the defence’s application. The latter was previously discharged by Najib before Mr Teh was appointed.
Mr Shafie asked for the court to adjourn the hearing of the recusal application so that he could mount proper oral submissions. But the bench dismissed his request.
When reading the bench’s decision to dismiss the application, the Chief Justice said there was no nexus between her husband’s 2018 Facebook post and that of Najib’s appeal.
“To recuse a judge is a real danger of bias,” she said on Tuesday.
Najib arrived at the court at around 9.20am on Tuesday. Earlier, Bernama reported that six buses believed to be carrying Najib’s supporters were seen in the vicinity of the Federal Court.
When the Chief Justice asked if the defence would be making a submission in relation to the final appeal hearing, Mr Teh replied no.
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