KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak took a final swing at fugitive financier Low Taek Jho on his last day on the stand at the SRC International Sdn Bhd trial, where he is accused of misappropriating RM42mil from the company’s funds.
Najib said Low, or better known as Jho Low, convinced him that he had a special relationship with the Saudis and could deliver when it came to dealing with them.
Najib, who was under re-examination by lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, said that Low appeared to be closer to the Saudis during dealings that resulted in “donations” to Najib’s bank accounts.
“At that time, it was clear that he (Jho Low) was closer to the Saudis rather than Malaysia’s side. He was representing Saudi Arabia at the time,” he said here on Tuesday (Feb 4).
Najib placed the blame on Low and said the fugitive businessman had transferred the money as a “cover-up” so that he (Najib) would not find out the truth.
“Jho Low made immense amounts of money elsewhere. He must have thought that if he didn’t continue to make sure donations flow into my account, it would have affected his relationship with me and this would lead me to uncover the scams.
“He needed to continue to ensure I had confidence and faith in him, so the RM42mil is minuscule compared to what he was making,” he added.
After 13 days, Najib completed his testimony and was released from the witness stand.
Najib is facing seven charges – three for criminal breach of trust, one for abuse of power and three for money laundering involving SRC International funds totalling RM42mil.
Second defence witness Krystal Yap formerly of AmBank is expected to take the stand this afternoon before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.
‘Wallahi Wabillahi Watallahi… I did not do it’
February 3, 2020 @ 11:59am
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak today surprised everyone when he resorted to using a Muslim holy phrase while testifying in the SRC International Berhad trial.
He swore that he never instructed anyone to transfer RM42 million of the company’s money into his personal banking accounts.
“Wallahi Wabillahi Watallahi… I never ever instructed anyone to do that,” he said.
Najib said this when he was asked to elaborate on his denial that he had instructed former SRC International chief executive officer Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil to transfer the money into his accounts.
His lawyer, Farhan Read, had asked him to do so immediately after the prosecution finished their cross-examination of the former prime minister this morning.
Najib said he had never given Nik Faisal such instructions and there was also no evidence to show he had done it.
“There is no evidence that I gave such instruction, and no witness has come forward to say so,” he said.
‘Wallahi Wabillahi Watallahi’ is an oath used by Muslims to swear on the truth of their word.
Najib has used the phrase prior to this to deny his involvement in other cases he has been alleged to be involved in, including the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Earlier, in his final question while cross-examining Najib, lead prosecutor Datuk V. Sithambaram asked the accused whether the second government guarantee which was given to SRC International for its additional RM2 billions loan from the Retirement Fund Incorporated (KWAP) was ever tabled in Parliament.
Najib said he had checked with his lawyers, but could not find any verification whether this had been done.
“Actually this is the duty of the functionaries (in Parliament) to attend to such matters.
“I assumed that it was tabled, but I am not sure,” he said.
Najib, 66, is facing seven charges of abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money laundering involving RM42 millions of SRC International funds.
He faces 20 years’ jail if found guilty of the offences. NST
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