July 3 decision on Najib house arrest bid

Court accepts two affidavits filed at the last-minute supporting the former prime minister’s application.

(The Vibes) – THE Kuala Lumpur High Court today set July 3 to decide on Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s bid to compel the federal government and the Pardons Board to produce a royal “supplementary order”  allowing him to serve the remainder of his six-year jail sentence at home.

Senior federal counsels Ahmad Hanir Hambaly@Arwi and Shamsul Bolhassan appeared on behalf of the federal government and the Pardons Board, while Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah represented Najib.

The court earlier allowed an application by the former prime minister to submit two additional affidavits to support his application to commence judicial review over the alleged royal addendum order.

The two affidavits were from Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, which acknowlegded the existence of such a royal order, and the other from Najib, which cited a speech by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim saying the federal government would not question the authority of the former Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Hanir said the court, after hearing submissions from both parties in chambers, allowed Najib’s application despite objections from the Attorney General’s Chambers over the last-minute filing of the affidavits.

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