The prison department today confirmed that Datuk Seri Najib Razak is not in jail, effectively substantiating speculations that the convict codenamed “merpati” has been receiving special treatment.
In a statement released on Tuesday morning, the prison department said that Najib has been referred to the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital (HRC) where he remains for treatment and monitoring.
It said the Kuala Lumpur High Court had ordered on 12 September that Najib be taken to hospital for checks after being told that his health condition was unsatisfactory.
On 19 September, the Prison Department added, HKL referred Najib to HRC.
Najib began serving a 12-year jail term on 23 August after the Federal Court upheld his conviction and sentence for the misappropriation of RM42 million in the SRC International case.
He has been in and out of prison several times since then for check-ups and treatment related to a high blood pressure issue.
Allegations Of Special Treatment
Prior to the Prison Department’s confirmation on Tuesday (21 September), an anonymous source had on Sunday (19 September) exposed that Najib has been receiving special treatment.
The exposé which has been retweeted more than 10,000 times alleges that Najib had among other things, received RM50,000 to have his cell upgraded.
The anonymous source also claims that “orders from above” had instructed Najib be sent to CRC, despite HKL’s physiotherapists stating there was no solid reason to do so.
It added, such orders were made to enable Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri and Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin cut deals with the former PM.
Among other names mentioned in the exposé were Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin (Home Minister), Tan Sri Noor Hisham (Health Director General), Dato’ Dr. Rayyan (Najib’s personal doctor), Rosli (Najib’s aid) and Zakri (Najib’s aid).