Malaysian Bar to seek judicial review of Pardon Board's decision to commute Najib's sentence


PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Bar will seek a judicial review to challenge the Pardons Board's decision to commute the sentence of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

It is learnt that this was decided during the Malaysian Bar's 78th annual general meeting on Saturday (March 16), where 238 members supported the motion, with one member objecting and seven others abstaining.

"Although the decision of the Pardons Board ... is final and cannot be challenged in any court, the Malaysian Bar intends to test the case with the judicial review," said the source.

Criminal defence lawyer KA Ramu from the Selangor Bar said the move was a way of displaying the Bar's objection to the Pardons Board's decision.

"It was a systematic act to obtain ill-gotten wealth. There were nine judges who found him guilty ... and he still has ongoing cases," he told The Star.

It is learnt that the motion was proposed and seconded by former Malaysian Bar presidents Zainur Zakaria and Datuk Yeo Yang Poh respectively.

The Federal Territories Pardons Board had halved the former prime minister's 12-year jail sentence over the SRC International corruption case to six years and reduced the RM210mil fine to RM50mil.

Najib, 70, has been serving jail time in Kajang Prison since Aug 23, 2022 for the misappropriation of funds in the RM42mil SRC International case.

Following the reduction of his sentence, he will be freed from prison on Aug 23, 2028.

He also faces multiple other charges for power abuse and money-laundering involving 1MDB funds.

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

Next In Nation

Senior citizen loses nearly RM600,000 in lottery scam
Penang registers better SPM results for 2023
Use of Sosma allows more thorough probe into Ulu Tiram attack, says Saifuddin
Marine cops seize RM1.2mil worth of contraband kretek in Sandakan
Rolling the dice on love: Cops bust gambling call centre that lured lonely hearts
Mokhzani, Mirzan yet to submit asset declarations, says MACC
No wrongdoing in awarding of Selangor mobility contract, says MACC
Got 'em in our sights: Cops nab seven for selling fake eye products
Trial run for QR code clearance at JB checkpoints starts June 1
Close ranks and get set for state polls, says new Sabah PKR chief Mustapha

Others Also Read