KUALA LUMPUR — Court of Appeal Judge Datuk Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali who sentenced Former Prime Minister Najib Razak to 12 years in prison in 2020 is now under investigation over the contents of his bank account.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Tan Sri Azam Baki told The Star that the investigation paper had been opened after reports were lodged on money in the account alleged to be of unknown provenance.
“Yes, we have started our investigation. The procedure is to investigate when a report has been officially lodged.
“We opened an investigation paper because there were reports lodged, not because claims were made on portals or social media,” he was quoted as saying to The Star.
Blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin on 20th April wrote an article titled “Judge Mohd Nazlan being investigated for unexplained RM1 million in his bank account”.
Nazlan deemed the article as malicious in intent and filled with baseless claims. He also lodged a police report, according to local media.
Nazlan was the judge who heard former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s SRC trial at the High Court, which started in April 2019, and delivered the guilty verdict in July 2020 against Najib. Nazlan was elevated to the position of a Court of Appeal judge in February 2022, according to Malay Mail.
Nazlan who was a High Court judge in 2020 sentenced Najib to 12 years in prison and RM210 million for corruption, abuse of power and money laundering.
Najib is appealing the case in Federal Court.
According to reports, Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s legal team has also tried to discredit Nazlan by claiming that he had a conflict of interest in the 1MDB case.