High Court to decide on Jun 5 whether former Malaysian PM Najib Razak’s legal bid for

Najib’s 12-year sentence had been reduced to six years in a partial royal pardon, a decision made at a January meeting which angered the nation but was ultimately acknowledged as a prerogative of the then-king.

But Najib, 70, now claims that Sultan Abdullah had also issued a “supplementary decree” to let him serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest.

If Najib is on Jun 5 granted leave to proceed with the judicial review, Mr Shafee said the government’s lawyers will have to reply regarding the existence of the addendum order.

When asked why the matter was so sensitive that it needs to be held in chambers, Mr Shafee said it involves a document signed by the king.

“Because it’s a question of Yang-di Pertuan Agong’s order. He gave it through an official channel. The official channel is supposed to enforce his order, (but) the order is not enforced,” he said. 

“If the order is not enforced, the question of whether that order exists or not becomes sensitive, although we know it exists.”

This is also why he requested for the affidavit to be sealed, Mr Shafee said, asserting that the affidavit is about “telling the truth in court”.

“But telling the truth doesn’t mean it is not sensitive. It is extremely sensitive,” he added.

In his judicial review application filed on Apr 1, Najib said he had received information of the existence of this decree, and questioned why the government allegedly omitted it when announcing his partial pardon on Feb 2.

Prior to that, the six-member Pardons Board met on Jan 29 to decide on Najib’s pardon application, one day before Sultan Abdullah ended his reign as Malaysia’s monarch and handed the throne to Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.

Senior government officials, who spoke earlier to CNA on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that Sultan Abdullah had issued a supplementary order on Najib’s house arrest before the king completed his five-year reign in end-January.

But the officials noted that the Attorney-General’s office had raised objections on the matter to Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s administration because the issue of house arrest for Najib was not discussed during the Jan 29 meeting.

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