Why we must respect Najib’s right to a fair trial

MEDIA STATEMENT

Former premier Najib Tun Razak wants his trial to be telecasted live. He says he wants the truth to be told.

On the other hand, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim wants the trial to be live so the people “know how much Najib stole “.

I, too, want to get my popcorn out and enjoy the show.

Who wouldn’t?

But what happens if during the trial, comments are made which might be seen to influence the judge?

What if the judge took into account the views of Najib’s trolls out there?

Or what if he took into account the views of the anti-Najib trolls?

Najib would have a field day arguing he didn’t get a fair trial as a result.

That’s exactly why he wants his trial to be telecasted live.

Let us not allow that to happen.

Let us, instead, allow the law to take its course the way it always has. Behind closed doors so as to ensure the judge is not unduly influenced.

Either way, popcorn or not, the truth will be told.

It’s best that it’s told in a fair way.

Dated this 2nd April, 2019.

RAMKARPAL SINGH
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT
BUKIT GELUGOR
CHAIRMAN NATIONAL LEGAL BUREAU
DEMOCRATIC ACTION PARTY

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