Najib’s alleged house arrest order: Supreme Court rejects Malaysian minister’s attempt to ‘correct certain wrongs’

SINGAPORE: Malaysia’s High Court has refused to allow a cabinet minister to file an affidavit to “correct certain errors” related to the alleged royal order allowing jailed former prime minister Najib Razak to serve his sentence under house arrest.

This is because Investment, Trade and Industry Minister Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz is not part of Najib’s attempt to seek a judicial review to force the government to submit the alleged order, it reported on Thursday (May 2). news outlet Free Malaysia Today (FMT). .

FMT cited senior federal lawyer Shamsul Bolhassan, who represented the government.

Tengku Zafrul was named in Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s affidavit in support of Najib’s bid for court. Ahmad Zahid claimed that Tengku Zafrul had shown him a copy of a royal order approving house arrest.

Tengkul Zafrul later issued a statement disputing the claims as having “certain factual errors” and said he would “take steps to obtain appropriate legal advice.”

However, rejecting Tengku Zafrul’s request to file an affidavit, the court said he and his lawyers could try again if Najib is given permission to continue his legal challenge. According to news site The Vibes, the matter was heard in the courtroom of civil court judge Amarjeet Singh.

Najib is seeking court approval to launch legal proceedings against Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s administration. He wants the Anwar administration to present the additional order allegedly issued by former Malaysian king Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah of Pahang, allowing him to serve the remainder of his reduced six-year sentence in his country.

The former king had halved Najib’s 12-year prison sentence for corruption and reduced his fine from 210 million ringgit (US$44.16 million) to 50 million ringgit in one of his last official duties. before resigning on January 30.

The court will decide on June 5 whether Najib can start the legal process.

If Najib succeeds in his attempt, it will be difficult for Anwar to explain why his administration decided not to reveal the additional order earlier, CNA previously reported.

Anwar had previously said that the decision on Najib’s house arrest is under the jurisdiction of the Pardons Board and the king.