Najib & Rosmah Allowed Return Of Passport For Grandchild's Birth In Singapore

The former prime minister will have his passport from 20 October to 22 November.

Cover image via Bernama/New Straits Times & Asyraf Hamzah/New Straits Times

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The Court of Appeal today, 18 October, approved Datuk Seri Najib Razak's application for temporary return of his passport so he can travel to Singapore to visit his daughter, who is expected to give birth soon

According to Malaysiakini, this morning, a three-man Court of Appeal bench led by Datuk Seri Kamaludin Md Said unanimously allowed the former prime minister to have his passport from 20 October to 22 November.

Kamaludin ruled that Najib's legal team's application for temporary release of the passport so Najib could accompany and give support to his daughter, Nooryana Najwa, who is expected to give birth in early November in Singapore, as reasonable.

The other members of the panel are Datuk P Ravinthran and Datuk Abu Bakar Jais.

Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Fairuz Johari said the prosecution had no objections to the application.

Najib was present during the proceeding.

Najib's lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said the former premier will only be able to travel to Singapore on 3 November

Shafee said the Pekan member of Parliament (MP) will first take part in the parliamentary debate on Budget 2022 before leaving.

"Then, he would be quarantined in Singapore for 10 days and would only be reunited with his daughter for the said purpose on 14 November," he said, as quoted by New Straits Times.

Shafee added that his client will return to Kuala Lumpur on 20 November but will only return his passport on 22 November, as it is a Monday.

The passport will be returned through Najib's lawyers as he will be under quarantine upon his arrival back.

Najib's travel approval comes three days after his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor's application was approved

After Rosmah's application for her passport to be temporarily released for the same purpose by the Kuala Lumpur High Court on 15 October, Najib made his application.

Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan allowed Rosmah to travel to Singapore from 22 October to 21 November.

She has to return her passport to the court before 6 December.

Rosmah is still under trial over three charges under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 for soliciting bribes on three occasions — RM187 million, RM1.5 million, and RM5 million — from Jepak Holdings to help the company secure a project in Sarawak.

Meanwhile, Najib is awaiting the Court of Appeal's decision on his appeal against his conviction — a 12-year jail sentence and RM210 million fine — after he was found guilty on seven charges of criminal breach of trust, money laundering, and abuse of power involving RM42 million of SRC International funds.

Learn more about Najib's conviction and Rosmah's trials here: