KUALA LUMPUR: Businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, who is central to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal, was mentioned on the fourth day of the corruption trial involving Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who allegedly misappropriated RM42mil in SRC International Sdn Bhd’s funds.
The name Jho Low was brought up for the first time by defence counsel Harvinderjit Singh during his cross-examination of fourth witness Ahmad Farhan Sharifuddin from Bank Negara Malaysia here Wednesday (April 17).
Ahmad Farhan is the investigating officer who ordered a raid to be carried out at AmBank on Jalan Raja Chulan on July 6, 2015.
Harvinderjit: Did you discover anything in regards to Jho Low and 1MDB?
Ahmad Farhan: I can't recall.
Harvinderjit: About Jho Low, you cannot recall any of this?
Ahmad Farhan: Yes. It (the name) was never found in my probe.
Harvinderjit: Did Joanna Yu (relationship manager at AmBank) tell you she communicated with Jho Low regarding 1MDB?
Ahmad Farhan: I have no idea.
The lawyer was about to continue his cross-examination on the topic when DPP Datuk Ishak Mohd Yusoff stood up to object on the grounds of relevance.
“I am objecting to this line of questioning. This hearing involves SRC International and not 1MDB,” he said.
Harvinderjit said his questions relating to 1MDB were only on the manner the state fund was operated.
He then continued to ask the witness about a list of companies.
Najib faces seven charges involving RM42mil belonging to SRC International.
On July 4 last year, Najib claimed trial to a charge of abuse of power and three counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) linked to the 1MDB scandal.
He allegedly misappropriated RM42mil in funds belonging to SRC International.
On Aug 8, 2018, he appeared in court again for the second time and was charged with three counts of money laundering involving the same RM42mil.
The trial continues before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali tomorrow (Apr 18).