Questions have been asked over the 50 per cent reduction in fine granted by the Pardons Board to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
The New Straits Times reported that lawyers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the board’s statement on the 50 per cent reduction in the fine has raised more questions than answers.
They pointed out that based on the statement, the reduced amount– together with an earlier prison release on Aug 28, 2028– is now down to RM50 million from the initial RM210 million fine imposed.
But in contrast, it had earlier said that the fine was reduced by 50 per cent.
“RM50 million is not half of RM210 million,” they said.
“A 50 per cent reduction from RM210 million would be RM 105 million.
“The reduced amount is actually a 75 per cent reduction.
“Be clear; which one is it? 50 or 75 per cent?” they questioned.
The reduction in Najib’s fine comes with a commuted jail sentence halved from 12 to now six years.