Datuk Seri Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court June 24, 2022. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
By Ida Lim
Tuesday, 26 Jul 2022 11:32 AM MYT
KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 – Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has discharged his latter lead defense lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah and the law firm from representing him in his final appeal against his guilty verdict over the misappropriation of SRC International Sdn Bhd’s RM42 million .
The change in legal representation comes just weeks before the country’s highest court is scheduled to hear Najib’s final appeal.
Shafee & Co also informed the Federal Court that Najib has appointed a law firm where Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim is currently a lawyer to represent him.
“Please take note that on July 25, 2022, at around 5pm, we received a letter from Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Hj Abd Razak (‘Appellant’) where the Appellant has been discharged with immediate effect Messrs Shafee & Co from acting as counsel and solicitor in representing him in these criminal appeals and related proceedings.
“Through the same letter, the Appellant informed that he has appointed Messrs Zaid Ibrahim Suflan TH Liew & Partners as solicitors,” Shafee & Co said in its letter to the Federal Court sighted by Malay Mail today.
Messrs Zaid Ibrahim Suflan TH Liew & Partners is the law firm where Zaid now practices rather than Zaid Ibrahim & Co, which was the first one he founded and also bears his name.
The Federal Court is scheduled to hear Najib’s SRC appeal over a period of 10 days from August 15 to August 19, and from August 22 to August 26.
In the same letter, Shafee & Co said it was in the process of completing the full physical and