People have right to demand transparency over Najib's sentence reduction: CIJ

KUALA LUMPUR: The public has a right to demand transparency and disclosure of the basis of Datuk Seri Najib Razak's sentence reduction by the Pardon's Board, says the Centre for Independent Journalism.

In a brief X post, it expressed disappointment and called for justice to be observed.

"It is the RIGHT of the rakyat to demand transparency and full disclosure of the grounds for this pardon!

"We want justice to be observed, not undermined for political expediency or otherwise.

"We expected better from the government," it said.

Earlier today, after being under fire for a few days, the Pardon's Board issued a statement on Najib's 12-year jail sentenced being halved to six.

This means that the former prime minister will be released from prison on Aug 23, 2028.

His fine, initially set at RM210 million, has also been reduced to RM50 million.

However, if the fine isn't paid, Najib's prison term will be extended by a year, which means that he would be released on Aug 23, 2029.

His family is however disappointed that he was not given a full pardon and released with immediate effect.

His daughter, Nooryana Najwa said Najib and his family remain steadfast and confident that he is innocent.

Najib 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 involving RM42 million of SRC funds.

He was also fined RM210 million.

SRC is a former subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

In August 2022, the Federal Court upheld the conviction.

The 70-year-old former Pekan member of Parliament is still facing four charges of abusing his position to obtain bribes totalling RM2.3 billion of 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.

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