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Utusan Retracts Najib Being Pardoned Article, Apologises

Utusan Retracts Najib Being Pardoned Article, Apologises

The Pardon’s Board met yesterday with Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah chairing the meeting.

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The entire media fraternity was kept on their toes after Utusan Malaysia cited sources saying jailed former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been granted a royal pardon.

While the newsportal then changed its headlines from “Najib bebas, terima pengampunan” to “Najib dapat pengampunan“, the link now redirects to a retraction.

Utusan Online tarik balik berita pengampunan Najib” is the new headline.

The newsportal retracts their source-based report of Najib being pardoned, and apologised to readers.

Meanwhile, the Pardon’s Board has yet to issue a statement. What is known is that they had a meeting yesterday.

Speculation has been rife with social media abuzz after Utusan’s report came out earlier.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (FT) Dr Zaliha Mustafa who sits on the Pardon’s Board declined to comment.

Social media frenzy

Some on social media expressed shock with Utusan’s report, considering Najib’s case involved millions of ringgit.

However, “Bossku” supporters were clearly happy if the matter turned out to be true.

Najib behind bars

Najib has been in prison since August 2022.

He was slapped with a 12-year prison sentence and a RM210 million fine for misappropriating RM42 million of SRC International funds.

In 2020, the KL High Court found him guilty on all seven charges made against him in the SRC trial.

He was found guilty of abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money laundering.

READ MORE: Ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak Found Guilty On All 7 Charges In SRC Trial

Not only that, he is also still undergoing trial for other charges concerning the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.

READ MORE: PH Opposes Pardon For Najib Razak, But Final Decision Rests With YDPA

Pardon’s Board

The Pardon’s Board met yesterday with Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah chairing the meeting.

Utusan reported that among the agenda of the meeting yesterday, was Najib’s request for pardon.

Al-Sultan Abdullah ends his reign as Yang di-Pertuan Agong today. Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar takes over as the 17th YDPA.

READ MORE: Zaid Ibrahim Says Let Najib Out, Twitterjaya Says No

Najib “Bossku” Razak

Najib is a career politician. The son of Malaysia’s second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, he started off as MP in 1976 for the Pekan seat in Pahang. He was only 23 at the time.

Najib rose through the party and under the administration of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, held several Cabinet posts.

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