The court lets Najib submit two more affidavits regarding house arrest

KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Razak was allowed to submit an additional two affidavits as part of his application for a judicial appeal over a supposedly royal addendum, which he claimed he could use to serve the remainder of his prison sentence under house arrest.

The High Court judge Justice Amarjeet Singh who granted the application also set July 3 as the date for his decision regarding Najib’s request to begin the judicial review.

The decision was originally scheduled for yesterday.

Senior Federal Counsel Shamsul Bohassan who represented the Attorney General’s Chambers confirmed that the court set a new date for the decision after the addition of the two affidavits.

One of the affidavits came from Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, while the second was based on a speech given by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in April at the IDCC Convention Centre at Shah Alam.

Shamsul stated that the AGC objected to two affidavits submitted because they were not filed in time.

He told the press that the court had allowed the request (to insert affidavits), after yesterday’s proceedings in chambers.

Najib’s lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah has confirmed that the court has accepted the affidavits.

Najib submitted the request for leave to judicial review by April 1.

The former Prime Minister named as first to seventh respondents the Home Minister (Law and Institutional Reform), the Commissioner General of Prisons (Commissioner General), the Attorney General and the Federal Territories Pardons Board. He also named the Minister of Prime Minister’s Department for Law and Institutional Reform, Director-General of Legal Affairs at Prime Minister’s Department and the Government.

Najib requested in the application that the respondent or all respondents answer the question and confirm the existence of an addendum order from Jan 29, 2009.

He also seeks a mandamus order that, if an addendum order is in place, either all respondents or just one respondent must immediately execute the royal order to move him from Kajang Prison back to his home in Kuala Lumpur. There he will serve the remainder of his sentence under house-arrest.

Wan Rosdy, on May 21, affirmed in a five-page document that he had been informed about the royal order addendum by Tengku Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz at late afternoon of Jan 30.

Wan Rosdy reported that he was present at a meeting held by Umno President Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Country Heights, Kajang. Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani and Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan, as well as Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, were also there.

Ahmad Zahid also confirmed an affidavit supporting Najib’s request for leave.

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