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Anwar Stands Firm on Pardons Board Decision, Emphasizing Legal Process in Najib’s Case

In a recent interview with Al Jazeera, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim maintained his stance on the fairness of the Pardons Board decision to halve Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s sentence. Anwar, a vocal advocate of due legal process, stressed that every citizen, including Najib, possesses the fundamental right to seek pardons from the King against convictions.

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Role of the Constitutional Monarchy: Anwar Highlights King’s Responsibility in Upholding Rule of Law

Anwar, known for championing constitutional principles, underscored the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s pivotal role in upholding the constitution and ensuring the rule of law. He emphasized the King’s responsibility to consult key stakeholders, such as the Attorney-General and the Prime Minister, before making decisions on pardon requests.

Insights from Personal Experience: Anwar Reflects on Pardons Board Involvement

Drawing on his past, Anwar revealed his prior involvement in the Pardons Board during his tenure in charge of the Federal Territories. This firsthand experience added depth to his perspective on the intricate decision-making process involved in granting pardons.

Verdict Details Unveiled: Anwar Clarifies Conditions and Timelines

During the interview, Anwar provided specific details regarding the reduction of Najib’s sentence. He explained that the King’s decision to cut the sentence by 50% hinged on the payment of a RM50 million fine. If settled, Najib could potentially secure release by August 2028; however, failure to pay the fine would extend the sentence to 2029.

No Ongoing Trial Interference: Anwar Emphasizes Judicial Independence

Anwar clarified that the Pardons Board’s decision had no bearing on the ongoing 1MDB trial. He staunchly underscored the independence of the judicial process, ensuring that legal proceedings would continue without external influence.

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