Former MACC special operations director: Pardons board decision shows justice system is ‘dying’

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Decision to reduce Najib’s sentence illustrated the difference in treatment given to the rich and in power compared to the poor.

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The former director of MACC’s Special Operations Division (BOK), Bahri Mohammad Zin said the Pardon Board’s decision to reduce Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s jail sentence and fine showed that justice system in this country is ‘dying’ (nazak).

He said the decision to halve Najib’s sentence illustrated the difference in treatment given to the rich and in power compared to the poor.

“We have adopted an ignorant justice system where the poor must be punished according to the law while the rich and those in position enjoy another system that is more comfortable and does not have to follow the law 100 per cent.

“It is difficult for us to predict what the perception of all Malaysians is on our justice system now.

“The system is seen to be in dying, when there is a case on trial and the defendant in being called to defend himself but is instead granted a DNAA.

“Now added to that is the biggest case of this century…one that has not finished serving his sentence and waiting for four more criminal trial cases can be decided in this way,” he said in a statement to Malaysiakini.

Bahri played an important role in the investigation into the SRC International case involving Najib.

In 2015, the investigation into the SRC case was disrupted when police raided their office and arrested several officers in Bahri’s team.

Bahri and another senior MACC official, Rohaizad Yaakob, were later transferred to the Prime Minister’s Department.

In 2022, Bahri revealed that his team was under immense pressure while investigating the case, receiving threats and bribes to stop the investigation.

Bahri said he was surprised by the pardon board’s decision considering Najib was facing four more criminal charges in court.

“Will the accused be pardoned again if he is found guilty?

“What will happen to other offenders who take government and public money, do they not have the same rights?” he questioned.