This article first appeared in The Edge Malaysia Weekly, on April 12, 2021 – April 18, 2021. (Photo by Suhaimi Yusuf/The Edge) – A + A THE appellate court rebuked Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah last week and ordered the lead counsel of Datuk Seri Najib Razak to be more temperate in his criticism of High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali after the former accused the latter of being "hopelessly incompetent" and lacking in criminal law experience in handling "the trial of the century". Shafee was referring to Nazlan's judgment in Najib's trial in July last year, which found the former prime minister guilty of all seven charges related to the misappropriation of funds belonging to state-owned SRC International Sdn Bhd. But the lawyer's aggressive stance from the start of Najib's appeal against his convictions did not sit well with Court of Appeal judge Datuk Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil, who instructed Shafee to use more polite language. "Please use polite words and not say 'poisoned judgment' to describe where the judge had gone wrong. You can say that he erred in law or misdirected himself, but not the phrase 'poisoned judgment'," he cautioned. Shafee agreed, but maintained that Nazlan… Read full this story
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