How can you even be a lawyer if you are not even prepared for the worst (or best?) thing to happen?
After everything that has happened in court today, apparently Najib’s lawyer Muhammad Shafee asked to postpone the mitigation to Monday because he was not (at all) ready.
Excuse me? It’s like a student asking the school to postpone the final exams because he didn’t study.
Justice Nazlan of course denied the motion and said that the mitigation has to be done immediately as there is no good reason to postpone it, to which Shafee tried to convince him that his client Najib wasn’t going anywhere as the country was effectively in a lockdown. Okay, sure Jan.
Shafee then continued with what can only be described as a sad attempt at arguing for Najib’s case, in which he brought up some pretty comical excuses. He made the case that our former PM hasn’t even gotten a traffic summon before, that he went to Nottingham, he did this and that blah blah blah and the list goes on and on.
We get it, Najib is an “angel”. All this is one of Shafee’s attempt to convince the judge for a lighter sentence. Oh boy.
He went on to say that Najib is a victim of political victimisation as there are more guilty people out there like Nik Faisal, Jho Low and Suboh but no justice was served. He also stresses Najib does not know who the very generous donor who transferred the money to his account.
Okay so with all that being said though, Najib can actually still apply for a stay of execution, but only after the sentencing. However, lead porsecutor V Sithambaram countered that there had been no previous cases where a stay of conviction had been applied or granted.
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