Time is running out for Nizar

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 — With every passing day, Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin grows more anxious.

The popular PAS leader has only 12 days left to file his appeal to the Federal Court to uphold a High Court ruling that he is the rightful mentri besar of Perak.

But to date, Nizar has yet to receive the written grounds of judgment from the Court of Appeal which rejected his bid for the top state post last month.

Lawyers for Nizar told The Malaysian Insider they have already drafted the appeal to the Federal Court, and are ready to file it any day now.

But they want to wait until they receive the appeal court’s judgment in full before taking the next step.

They are confident they will receive the crucial written judgment in the next few days.

The written judgment, while not a must for his case to be forwarded to the apex court, will provide his massive legal team the key reasons for the dismissal. Without it, they are taking pot shots in the dark.

The legal team, headed by former Bar Council president Sulaiman Abdullah, maintains there are important constitutional questions that have not been answered.

The Court of Appeal had on May 22 overturned the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s decision a week earlier to declare Nizar the legitimate mentri besar.

Nizar was given 30 days from then to file his appeal to the top court.

If he fails to do so within the time frame, he would automatically be judged to have given up his quest for the mentri besar’s seat.

And that is something that he is simply not able to accept, not after five months of sweat and tears.-MalaysianInsider