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Group calling for Najib’s pardon now wants judge Nazlan arrested

It says the recent electoral gains by Barisan Nasional show public sympathy for Najib.

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Former prime minister Najib Razak.
Former prime minister Najib Razak.

A group that has been calling for Najib Razak to be granted a royal pardon for the former leader’s conviction over RM42 million in his private bank accounts has launched another call for the arrest of Nazlan Ghazali, the former High Court judge who sentenced him to 12 years’ jail.

Persatuan Sahabat Ulul Amri Malaysia levelled several accusations against Nazlan and invited members of the media to cover its press conference at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission tomorrow, where it said a report would be lodged against the judge.

It added that recent electoral gains by Barisan Nasional showed public sympathy for Najib.

“The results of state elections including in Johor clearly show the people’s deep sympathy and condemnation of all the injustice and oppression against the sixth prime minister Najib Razak, who in fact has done a lot for the people and the country,” it said in a statement accompanied by the hashtags #TangkapHakimNazlanBebasNajib and #ArrestJudgeNazlanFreeNajib.

Nazlan Ghazali.

Najib had been at the forefront of BN’s campaign in Johor, where analysts say a low voter turnout coupled with a disunited opposition propelled the former federal coalition back to power in the state.

In July 2020, Nazlan sentenced Najib to 12 years’ jail and fined him RM210 million after finding him guilty over RM42 million related to SRC International.

The sentence was upheld late last year, with the three Court of Appeal panel judges calling the case a national embarrassment.

Najib has been granted a stay of execution pending his appeal at the Federal Court.

In August last year, just days before then prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin resigned, the same group presented a memorandum to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong calling for a royal pardon for Najib and for his appointment as interim prime minister.

“He managed the economy well and brought the good name of Malaysia to the international stage,” said the group’s leader, Syed Muhammad Imran Syed Abdul Aziz.

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