Citing Umno links, judge recuses himself from hearing QC’s bid to lead Najib’s final appeal

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A High Court judge has recused himself from hearing the application by Jonathan Laidlaw, a Queen’s Counsel (QC) of the UK, to represent Najib Razak in the former prime minister’s final appeal in the case involving the misappropriation of RM42 million from SRC International.

Justice Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh in a brief decision said he decided to recuse himself from hearing the application as one of his immediate family members was a very active politician and a divisional leader in the same political party as Najib, who is the appellant.

Wan Ahmad Farid, who himself was once an Umno politician, said although he had resigned from the political party, his stand was that the public perception of the independence of the judiciary should not be put in doubt.

“It is public knowledge that before being appointed to the bench, I was an active politician and at one time, a member of the administration and Dewan Negara.

“I must add that, after taking my oath as a member of the judiciary, my only sacred duty is to preserve, protect and defend the Federal Constitution without fear or favour,” he said.

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