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Pardons Board to Announce Decision on Najib’s Case Today, Confirms PM 

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has revealed that an announcement from the Pardons Board regarding Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s application is expected today. This development is a pivotal moment in Najib’s legal journey, as he seeks a pardon concerning the SRC International case. Anwar shared this information after performing Friday prayers at the Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad, setting the stage for an eagerly awaited decision.

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Anticipation Builds as Announcement Day Arrives:

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s hint at the imminent announcement from the Pardons Board has heightened public curiosity. The former prime minister, currently serving a 12-year jail term for various charges related to SRC International, awaits a decision that could significantly impact his legal battles. Confirming the Board’s decision, Anwar refrained from providing further details, urging patience until the official announcement.

Unity Government and Pardons Board Decision:

Queries about the potential implications of the Pardons Board’s decision on the unity government were directed at Prime Minister Anwar. He emphasized that such matters fall within the purview of the Pardons Board and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Despite persistent inquiries, Anwar consistently deferred to the decision-making authority of these entities.

Dispelling Initial Reports and Addressing Speculation:

Earlier in the week, the nation was caught in a whirlwind of speculation following reports about Najib being granted a royal pardon. Initially released by a Malay daily, these reports were later retracted, leading to public confusion. Contrary reports, suggesting a remittance of Najib’s jail term instead of a full pardon, fueled further uncertainty.

Minister’s Confirmation on Official Statement:

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Federal Territories) Dr. Zaliha Mustafa has confirmed that the Pardons Board is set to release an official statement this week regarding Najib’s application for a royal pardon. Dr. Zaliha, a member of the Federal Territory Pardons Board, assured the public that the official statement would provide clarity on the evolving situation.

Recap of Najib’s Legal Situation:

Datuk Seri Najib Razak is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence following his conviction for abuse of power, criminal breach of trust, and money laundering linked to SRC International Sdn Bhd. The case revolves around a RM4 billion loan from Retirement Fund Inc. (KWAP) to SRC. Najib faces additional charges related to the misappropriation of 1MDB funds, with the Federal Court upholding his conviction in August 2022.

Pardons Board in the Malaysian Context:

The unique structure of the Pardons Board in Malaysia was highlighted, illustrating that each state has its own board chaired by the respective sultan or Yang di-Pertua. Comprising five members, including the attorney-general and chief minister, the board plays a pivotal role in determining matters of pardons and clemency.

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