KUALA LUMPUR — Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s trial over RM42 million in SRC International Sdn Bhd funds was halted today after the defence applied for an adjournment over alleged contradictions between a witness’s testimony and written statement.
Najib’s lawyer, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, told the judge that former SRC International Sdn Bhd director Tan Sri Ismee Ismail’s oral testimony deviated from what was previously recorded, and applied for the adjournment.
“We have come to a crossroad in relation to certain issues which requires certain documents, some of them are in the bundle not produced by the prosecution or defence and we need to look into that to make up our mind whether further areas of contradiction is possible.
“We will not only require to look at many resolutions but also transcripts and then take instructions from our client (Najib),” he said, adding that the application was necessary.
Ismee is the 39th prosecution witness of Najib’s ongoing trial involving seven charges of abuse of position, criminal breach of trust and money-laundering over RM42 million of SRC International’s funds.
Ad-hoc prosecutor Datuk V. Sithambaram agreed with Muhammad Shafee and said both sides will make use of the day to go through Ismee’s transcript before deciding on the next course of action.
“We are looking are certain documents and contradictions and we think it’s best to decide the next course of action after looking at the transcript. This might take a bit of time,” he said.
After hearing both submissions, High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali allowed the application and adjourned proceedings to 9am tomorrow.
– Malay Mail
Najib’s lawyers checking for discrepancies in Ismee’s testimony
NAJIB Razak’s trial has been adjourned to tomorrow morning to allow his lawyers to check for contradictions in the testimony of former SRC International Sdn Bhd chairman Ismee Ismail, who has been on the stand for four days.
The defence team is concerned with Ismee’s testimony, the 39th witness, that SRC International’s board of directors followed the resolutions made by company shareholders.
It is alleged that his testimony is different to what he had said in his witness statement.
Earlier in the week, when he was reading his witness statement, Ismee said the board of directors had followed the advice of Najib, who was the advisor emeritus of SRC International.
Lead defence lawyer Shafee Abdullah told Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali that the team needs to look at witness transcripts from the past week to see if there are contradictions.
“We need to look at SRC International’s board of director resolutions again and study the transcript thus far, on the need of the board to take instructions from Najib.”
Shafee said the defence team requires consultation among themselves before deciding the next course of action with the prosecution.
Deputy public prosecutor V. Sithambaram, who is the prosecution’s lead counsel, has agreed to the application to adjourn proceedings to tomorrow.
Nazlan has allowed the trial to resume tomorrow at 9am.
Former prime minister Najib is facing seven charges involving RM42 million in funds belonging to SRC International, formerly a subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Bhd.
– THE Malaysian Insight
-malay mail / the malaysian insight