FORMER premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 12-year corruption sentence has been reduced to six years by Pardons Board following its meeting on Monday (Jan 29), sources including senior government officials told CNA.
The RM210 mil fine was also reduced to unspecified amount, according to three separate sources who spoke on condition of strict confidentiality.
However, Najib’s lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said he has yet to be informed of any decision by the Pardons Board.
Najib, convicted in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) case, served less than two years before the pardon. The decision suggests his release in August 2028, potentially sooner in August 2026 after serving two-thirds of the new jail term with parole for good behaviour.
Moreover, speculation intensified after a board meeting confirmed by Federal Territories Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa. The meeting was one of Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin’s last tasks as King, concluded before Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar succession. – Jan 31, 2023