Najib’s prison sentence shortened, expected to be released in August 2028

KOTA KINABALU: The secretary of the Pardons Board has announced a reduction in the prison sentence and fine of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.

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As a result, he will now be released on August 23, 2028, which is earlier than the previous release date.

The Pardons Board, during its meeting on January 29, also decided to decrease the imposed fine from RM210,000,000 to RM50,000,000.

Failure to pay the fine will result in an additional year of imprisonment, leading to a new release date of August 23, 2029.

The secretary of the Pardons Board of the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, and Putrajaya, under the Legal Affairs Division of the Prime Minister’s Department, issued a statement regarding this matter today.

The board meeting, chaired by the then Yang diPertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Mustafa Billah Shah, took place last Monday night.

Al-Sultan Abdullah’s reign as Malaysia’s king ended the following day as he completed his five-year tenure according to the rotation system among the rulers. His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim of Johor has now ascended the throne for the next five-year period.

The statement mentioned that the board considered five pardon applications, including the one submitted by Najib.

After careful deliberation and advice, the board decided to grant a 50% reduction in both the sentence and the fine imposed on Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak.

Consequently, he has been approved for early release on August 23, 2028, with the fine reduced from RM210,000,000.00 to RM50,000,000.00.

It emphasized that failure to pay the fine would result in a one-year extension of Najib’s prison term, leading to a new release date of August 23, 2029.

This announcement puts an end to the speculation surrounding the outcome of the board meeting.

A news portal had previously retracted its article claiming that Najib had been pardoned by the board. Prior to the board’s decision, Najib was serving a 12-year jail term for corruption related to SRC International Sdn Bhd funds.

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