KOTA KINABALU: There is a growing public concern surrounding the integrity of the conviction of former Prime Minister Najib Razak in the SRC case.
However, former Petagas assemblyman Datuk James Ligunjang emphasises the importance of acknowledging that Najib Razak’s defense was thoroughly examined by the highest levels of the country’s judicial system.
In a recent social media post, the assemblyman dismissed any doubts about the legitimacy of Najib’s conviction, stating that he was found guilty by the Apex Court and sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment and a fine of RM210 million.
According to Ligunjang, the decision now lies with the Pardons Board to determine the outcome of Najib’s petition for clemency.
During their deliberation, he said the Board must carefully consider the gravity of his offences in relation to his past contributions as Prime Minister.
Ligunjang argues that a complete exoneration could undermine the credibility of the nation’s legal system and lead to public skepticism.
Therefore, he suggests that the Pardons Board may find it more appropriate to commute Najib’s sentence instead.
Yesterday, Home Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail confirmed that the Cabinet was informed about Najib Razak’s application for a royal pardon.
However, he declined to disclose any further details regarding the information presented to the government.