PUTRAJAYA: Chants of "Bebas Bossku" (Free Bossku) and "Hidup Bossku" by supporters were heard as Datuk Seri Najib Razak left the Palace of Justice after his application for leave to review his conviction and sentence in his SRC International case was dismissed by the Federal Court in a majority 4-1 decision.
The former prime minister was driven away in a government vehicle with tinted windows, accompanied by the police and Prisons Department officers.
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The convoy left the Palace of Justice at about noon on Friday (March 31).
Earlier, a group of supporters had gathered at the court complex to show their support to the incarcerated former premier.
Some could not hold back their tears after the Federal Court delivered its decision while others made impassioned statements decrying the decision.
"It is not fair (to do this)," a supporter said as she tried to hold back her tears.
Meanwhile, Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor left in a car with her daughter Nooryana Najwa Najib at about 12.15pm.
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Rosmah’s car briefly stopped and she waved to the media.
Najib’s son, Datuk Mohd Nazifuddin, declined to comment when approached at the court complex.
Nazifuddin and his brother, Datuk Mohd Nizar Najib, were seen leaving a few minutes later after speaking to those who came to extend their support.
Also seen at the court complex were Umno supreme council and Najib’s former aide Isham Jalil.
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In the majority decision, read out by Justice Vernon Ong Lam Kiat, the court found that there was no bias or breach of natural justice.
"He (Najib) was the author of his own misfortune.
"The review application should be and hereby dismissed," the judge said here on Friday (March 31).
Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Justice Abdul Rahman Sebli, who chaired the five-judge panel, gave the dissenting judgment.
Other judges on the bench were Federal Court judges Justices Rhodzariah Bujang, Nordin Hassan and Court of Appeal judge Justice Abu Bakar Jais.