by ANIS HAZIM / pic TMR File
ELDER statesman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (picture) sees a “very likely” chance for former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak to be granted a royal pardon after receiving a prison sentence from the Federal Court on Tuesday.
The country’s longest-serving premier said there could also be more criminals who will escape punishment since many serious cases related to corruption have not been exposed.
“Because Najib’s (misappropriation of RM42 million in SRC International Sdn Bhd funds) case took a very long time (four years), so many cases of theft, misuse of power and corruption involving many political figures were delayed and not brought before the court.
“There was a criminal who even died (due to the delay),” Dr Mahathir said in a statement today.
He was concerned that Najib’s other case trials will also take a long time to conclude.
“I believe the judges are also less than happy with so many pending cases. This delay became worse because of Najib’s treatment with his lawyer, as various excuses were used to obstruct the court processes.
“It is true, as the English say, that justice delayed is justice denied,” he said.