Najib's petition to UN 'entirely up to him', does not affect the judiciary, says CJ

  • Nation
  • Monday, 09 Jan 2023

PUTRAJAYA: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's petition to the United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD), in which he is seeking a release from prison or retrial of his SRC International case, does not affect the judiciary, says the Chief Justice (CJ).

CJ Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat said that the action by former Pekan MP was "entirely up to him" after the Federal Court had delivered its decision.

ALSO READ: Najib petitions UN over his ‘unjust’ imprisonment

"Our job is done. We have discharged our responsibilities in terms of deciding on the case.

"Whatever he wants to do, whatever avenue he wants to explore, that is beyond us," she added.

The top judge was speaking at a press conference after attending the Opening of the Legal Year (OLY) 2023 at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here on Monday (Jan 9).

ALSO READ: Najib’s suit against ex-AG struck out

When asked if any decision by the UNWGAD would have a binding effect here in Malaysia, Tengku Maimun refused to comment further.

"(All I can say), the judiciary is not affected post the decision we deliver," she said.

On Jan 5, Najib's lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah told the press that the defence team had sent a petition titled “Datuk Seri Najib Razak vs Malaysia” to UNWGAD on the same day.

ALSO READ: Najib's application to review Federal Court decision has no merit, says prosecution

Najib is currently serving his 12-year prison sentence after the Federal Court affirmed his conviction and sentence in the SRC case.

According to Muhammad Shafee, Najib is asking the UNWGAD panel of five experts on international justice to rule that the dismissal of his appeal by the Federal Court on Aug 23 last year was unjust, flawed and had violated his basic human rights and the Federal Constitution.

Najib claimed that there were serious breaches of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which Malaysia is a party to.

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

Next In Nation

20 suspected members of organised crime group charged at Klang Court
Jetama's Kaamatan film is all about sacrifice, family heritage and food security
Unity must be a daily practice, not just for special events, Says Lee Lam Thye
DPM Fadillah calls on media practitioners to uphold ethics, integrity
Apple to open Malaysia store on June 22 in South-East Asia push
Mt Kinabalu Climbathon returns after seven-year hiatus
Rosmah's bid to involve police and government in lawsuit over missing jewellery fails
Cops arrest four foreigners for trespassing at a navy facility in Pulau Indah
Syndicate misusing subsidised diesel crippled
Woman, toddler cheat death after falling tree branch knocks them off motorbike near Bukit Putus

Others Also Read