March 13 set for Najib, son's income tax appeal hearing in Federal Court

17 Jan 2023 06:14pm
Datuk Mohd Nazifuddin Najib
Datuk Mohd Nazifuddin Najib
PUTRAJAYA - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his son Datuk Mohd Nazifuddin’s appeals against the summary judgments entered against them over income tax arrears will be heard by the Federal Court on March 13.

When contacted, lawyer Wee Yeong Kang, one of the counsel representing Najib and Nazifuddin confirmed the appeal hearing date.

He said the appeals would be heard by the Federal Court via Zoom.

A case management of the appeals was conducted today before Federal Court deputy registrar Suhaila Haron.

The former Prime Minister and his son are appealing against the summary judgements obtained by Inland Revenue Board (IRB) to recover more than RM1.7 billion in tax arrears from them.

Two separate High Courts had allowed the IRB's applications to enter summary judgments to recover tax arrears of RM1.69 billion from Najib and RM37.6 million from Nazifuddin, respectively for the period between 2011 and 2017.

A summary judgment is obtained when the court decides on a case, through written submissions, without a full trial and calling witnesses.

Both Najib and Nazifuddin lost their appeals in the Court of Appeal in September last year to set aside the summary judgments.

On May 10, last year, the Federal Court granted them leave to pursue their appeals to the Federal Court.
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Najib and Nazifuddin’s appeals will be determined by the Federal Court based on nine questions of law. - Bernama