Anwar: Najib treated 'far better' than when I was arrested, imprisoned

Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
Anwar stressed that the investigation into 1MDB should be thorough, and that any court trial should be handled by a senior judge with 'impeccable credentials'. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — The Pakatan Harapan government's treatment of Datuk Seri Najib Razak during the course of the ongoing investigation into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) has been just and fair, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has asserted.

In an interview with Arab News, the PH de-facto leader said that while he "understood" the former prime minister's predicament, he said that the latter has been treated far better than the treatment he received back when he was a political detainee.

“But he is being treated well as far as I am concerned, far better than the first few weeks that I had to be hauled up and imprisoned. Nevertheless, whatever request he wants to make, he should make it," Anwar said.

Anwar stressed that the investigation into 1MDB should be thorough, and that any court trial should be handled by a senior judge with "impeccable credentials.”

Anwar who received a pardon from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V on May 16, has said he hoped any investigation on Najib to be done fairly and independently.

His full pardon was tabled and considered at a Pardons Board meeting for the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya and in accordance with Article 42 of the Federal Constitution.

Anwar, 71, was sentenced to five years in prison in February 2015 after the Federal Court upheld a conviction for sodomy.