Dissenting judgment will strengthen Najib’s SRC case pardon application: Shafee
Review attempt to king will say ex-PM did not have right to fair trial, lawyer adds
Updated 1 hour ago · Published on 03 Apr 2023 12:07PM
by Qistina Nadia Dzulqarnain
KUALA LUMPUR – The singular dissenting judgment in Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s failed review application on his SRC International Sdn Bhd case will be used to bolster his pardon application to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, said lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.
Speaking to reporters at the courthouse here today, Shafee said that the defence team will submit the majority and minority judgments from the review attempt to the king for the ruler’s consideration.
“Our pardon request (for Najib) will be exactly what (Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli) said in his (sole dissenting) judgment.
“(Najib’s) pardon request will not be (him saying that) he did wrong and is now throwing himself upon (the Agong’s) mercy, as is normally the case with pardon applications.
“The pardon will say that this man (Najib) did not have the right to a fair trial…which is exactly what (Rahman) said,” he said.
He added that the defence counsel intends to send both majority and minority judgments from the 4-1 split decision to allow the King to consider the defence’s perspective of the case, saying: “A very senior judge (Rahman) agreed with our (defence team’s) views.
“The Agong should be encouraged to see our (side) of the case,” he claimed, noting that the pardon application will be made within the week.
Meanwhile, Shafee declined to comment when questioned on whether Najib will be filing a second review application, instead saying: “That one is our secret nuclear missile weapon. I cannot tell you anything yet.”
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