The government takes note of and respects the Federal Court’s decision and Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat’s considerations regarding the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation against Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The Prime Minister said he had referred to the Federal Court ruling dated Feb 24 and the Chief Justice’s considerations that there were no elements of public interest in the probe against Mohd Nazlan.
“MACC is an independent body and has the right to conduct an investigation against any party.
“On the other hand, the procedure set for the judicial body is to refer to the code of ethics for judges if there is a solid basis,” he told Bernama after the Ihya Ramadan programme at Masjid Putra today (March 28).
On Feb 24 this year, a seven-member panel of the Federal Court ruled that the investigation conducted by MACC against Mohd Nazlan was done without regard for judicial independence and protocols.
Justice Tengku Maimun said this in the court’s unanimous decision to answer two questions of law pertaining to the powers of criminal investigating bodies to investigate serving superior judges which were raised by three lawyers.
Mohd Nazlan was the High Court trial judge who convicted and sentenced former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to 12 years’ jail and a RM210mil fine on seven charges relating to RM42mil in funds belonging to SRC International Sdn Bhd on July 28, 2020.