Crime & Courts

Najib's loyal supporters wait to cheer him at the Palace of Justice [NSTTV]

PUTRAJAYA: The jailed Datuk Seri Najib Razak is not lacking in his supporters who have gathered near the Palace of Justice's rear entrance, since 7.30am today

The former prime minister is seeking a review of the Federal Court's decision to reject his application to adduce fresh evidence relating to the then High Court judge Datuk Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.

He is also seeking a review of the court's decision to dismiss his bid to postpone his appeal hearing as well as the decision to recuse Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat.

Another review being sought is of the court's decision on Aug 23, last year, to affirm his conviction and sentence.

His supporters, albeit fewer than 50 people, are believed to have come from all corners of the peninsula, including his former constituency in Pekan, Pahang.

They have grouped themselves on the curb of the road leading to the back entrance of the compound, waiting to wave to Najib as he passes at the end the day.

Clad in Umno's trademark red and white outfits, some also donned black T-shirts boasting printed slogans like #keadilanbuatnajib while chanting of "Keadilan Untuk Bossku!" (justice for Bossku).

The group came armed with umbrellas, packed meals and even brought camping chairs.

One of them, Siti Normah, 81, patiently waited to hand out flyers, with #keadilanuntukbossku and #bebaskanNajib printed on them.

Siti, who was from Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, said: "We know this (jail sentence) is some sort of vengeance by certain people against Najib. All we want is justice for him, and for him to be set free.

"We want his name to be cleared, as it has been smeared in court for so many years. He is innocent."

Najib, 70, was found guilty of abuse of power in relation to a RM4 billion loan given by Retirement Fund (Inc) (KWAP) to SRC between August 2011 and March 2012.

He was also convicted of criminal breach of trust and money laundering involving RM42 million of SRC funds between Dec 26, 2014 and Feb 10, 2015.

For this, Najib was sentenced to 12 years' jail and fined RM210 million by the High Court, with the jail sentence and fine being upheld by the Court of Appeal on Dec 8, 2021, and further affirmed by the Federal Court on Aug 23, last year.

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