Pardons Board will issue statement on Najib's application, minister keeps mum on outcome

KUALA LUMPUR: The Pardons Board is expected to issue a statement on jailed former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's application for a royal pardon.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Federal Territories) Dr Zaliha Mustafa however did not furnish further details on the matter.

"It was held yesterday at Istana Negara. Yes (I attended the meeting)," she told reporters after launching the Draft Kuala Lumpur Local Plan 2040 today.

Earlier news reports suggested that the meeting, which was supposed to be held yesterday, was to be the last official meeting for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah before his reign ends today.

This was following recent talks on pardon filed by Najib, who is currently serving a 12-year jail term after he was found guilty of one count of abuse of power with regard to Retirement Fund Inc's (KWAP) RM4 billion loan to SRC International Sdn Bhd, as well as three counts each of criminal breach of trust and abuse of power with regard to RM42 million of SRC funds.

His lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah however dismissed the reports, saying the team had not received any update on the meeting.

Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil, who is also the government's spokesman, had last week said there was no discussion on matters related to the Pardons Board in the cabinet meeting.

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