Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today dismissed claims that he played a role in the court’s verdict against former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Dr Mahathir said although the current Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat was appointed to the position when he was the prime minister, the ruling made by the courts against the Pekan member of Parliament was independent.
“I was the one who appointed (Tengku Maimun). At the time (when Pakatan Harapan was in power), I was the prime minister.
“To claim that I had influenced (the verdict made by) the courts, (the process) it involved three courts, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court…there were nine judges, all having the same opinion (on the case).
“And it has taken them (the courts) four years. In the history of Malaysia, there has been never been a case like this. Even Anwar (PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s court case), it took the court nine months (before sentencing),” he told reporters today.
Dr Mahathir, who is the Langkawi MP and the chairman of Gerakan Tanah Air (GTA), believed that Najib was given all the opportunities to defend himself in the case.
“What did he do? All he did was (applying to) recuse this and that one (judges presiding over the case). That is all.
“The courts have evidence…cheque books, written documents and all that…all these were presented at the hearing. Your (Najib’s defence team) duty was to prove them (the prosecution) wrong, but that was not the case,” said Dr Mahathir.
The Federal Court on Tuesday had upheld Najib’s conviction and 12-year prison sentence as well as a fine of RM210 million for misappropriating RM42 million of SRC International Sdn Bhd funds. – NST