Former Umno vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein believes that Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad did not interfere in the court case against his cousin, former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak.
He also pointed out that detractors had accused BN leaders of doing the same in the past.
“I don’t think so,” Hishammuddin replied when asked about Umno supreme council member Lokman Noor Adam claiming that Najib would be a free man if not for Mahathir’s meddling.
“We were similarly accused when we were the government… At the end of the day, the judiciary has to defend their dignity, credibility and integrity themselves.
“It is not about who is influencing but the court process will decide the integrity, independence and credibility of the judges in the trial,”
Hishammuddin told reporters in Parliament today. Lokman made the accusation after the High Court in Kuala Lumpur yesterday ordered Najib to enter his defence on all seven charges in relation to SRC International Sdn Bhd.
“Since the beginning, I knew there was interference from Mahathir. Had that not been so, the case would have been dropped,” he had said.
Najib’s lead counsel Muhammad Shaffee Abdullah also revealed that both the defence team and their client were shocked that there was no acquittal.
Following this, Mahathir said he was shocked that Najib was shocked and claimed that the whole world knows the former prime minister is guilty of the charges against him.