Pahang MB backs Najib’s bid to serve jail term from home

KUALA LUMPUR: The Pahang Mentri Besar has filed an affidavit in support of Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s application for leave to commence judicial review in his claim over a royal addendum order, which would purportedly allow him to serve his remaining prison term under house arrest.

Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail filed the affidavit through law firm Messrs Shafee & Co at the High Court on May 21.

In the five-page affidavit, which he affirmed in Kuantan, Wan Rosdy claimed that he was told about the royal addendum order by Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz on Jan 30.

On the evening of the same day, Wan Rosdy said he attended a meeting at the residence of Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in Country Heights, Kajang, where Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani, Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan and Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said were also in attendance, among others.

“I reported what was told to me by Tengku Zafrul earlier that day.

“Ahmad Zahid took note of it and said that he was also told the same thing by Tengku Zafrul a day before.

“He (Ahmad Zahid) also said he has read the addendum order from Tengku Zafrul,” Wan Rosdy said.

The Umno vice-president, however, said that he did not have a copy of the addendum order on grounds of secrecy, considering that the addendum had not taken effect.

Wan Rosdy said he truly believed there was basis in Najib’s application for a judicial review on the addendum order, dated Jan 29, as the respondents had refused to answer nor confirm its existence.

“I therefore support the application in the applicant’s (Najib) notice,” Wan Rosdy said.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) has filed a written objection on May 23 against Najib’s leave application to file in Wan Rosdy’s affidavit, saying that it was out of time.

In a letter affirmed by Senior Federal Counsel Shamsul Bolhassan, the AGC contended that Najib’s bid to insert Wan Rosdy’s additional affidavit was not done to answer any new issues that were raised from any of the affidavits that have been filed.

“The court had also rejected a leave application by Tengku Zafrul to insert his own affidavit in the matter.

“In totality, the application (to insert Wan Rosdy’s affidavit) is an action to intercept all other objections raised by the AGC,” Shamsul said.

Justice Amarjeet Singh has fixed June 5 to deliver a decision in Najib’s leave application.

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