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Refer to PM's stand on house arrest order for Najib, says Johari

Publish date: Sat, 20 Apr 2024, 06:38 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani said there was no need for him to comment on the purported house arrest order for Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

"The Prime Minister has commented, we (should) refer to his stand," he told reporters on the sidelines of his Hari Raya open house.

Earlier this week, Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, in an affidavit, claimed he sighted an order signed by the former Yang di-Pertuan Agong, allowing Najib to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said Zahid submitted the affidavit in his capacity as Umno president.

On Jan 29, Najib, filed an application to compel the government to produce the addendum order signed by the former King, allowing him to undergo house arrest.

The former Pekan member of parliament claimed the government has not revealed the existence of the document.

He named the Home Minister, Prison Department commissioner general, Attorney-General (AG), Federal Territories Pardons Board, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Law and Institutional Reform), Legal Affairs Division director-general, and the government as respondents.

He also claimed the subsequent inaction by the Home Minister and Prison Department commissioner general to execute the said order, is irrational, unreasonable, illegal, and arbitrary and offends the Federal Constitution and laws.

Najib is currently serving a 12-year jail term after he was found guilty of abuse of power and criminal breach of trust involving RM42 million from SRC International, a former 1MDB subsidiary.

He was also fined RM210 million.

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