‘It had nothing to do with SRC case’


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 24 Aug 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) did not conduct a follow-up investigation on a statement by Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who claimed he received a donation from the Saudi Arabian King, the High Court heard.

Investigating officer Rosli Husain said he did not investigate the matter as it had no relevance to the case.

The witness, who was cross-examined by Najib’s lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, said his investigations revolved around monetary transactions into Najib’s account.

“Our investigations showed that money came into the account and it was used up in June 2014.

“I did not investigate further on the claims about a meeting between Najib and the Saudi Arabia King,” Rosli said, adding that the former premier’s statement about the funds he received coming from a donation was merely claims.

Rosli, 54, was testifying in Najib’s corruption trial involving the misappropriation of RM42mil in funds belonging to SRC International Sdn Bhd.

The court also heard that Najib had spent RM3.3mil at a Swiss luxury jeweller boutique De Grisogono in Italy to buy a present for the wife of a former Qatari prime minister.

The witness was under cross-examination by co-counsel Farhan Read.

Farhan: The purchase at this De Grisogono outlet was meant as a gift for a foreign leader?

Rosli: That was what he claimed.

Farhan: By he, do you mean Najib? Did Najib explain to you that this RM3.3mil was used as per stated, and this was also your investigation findings?

Rosli: Yes.

Farhan: Did he explain that the gift was very high value because this foreign leader used to have a very close relationship with Malaysia?

Rosli: Something like that.

Farhan then showed the witness an appreciation letter, said to be from the wife of former Qatar prime minister Noor Abdulaziz Abdulla Turki Al-Subaie to Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

The witness, however, said he had never seen the letter – dated Aug 15, 2014 – and Rosmah had never brought up the issue when she gave her statements to the MACC.

The court had earlier heard a testimony from AmBank Group senior vice-president Yeoh Eng Leong, who said two credit cards belonging to Najib were used to spend RM3.3mil in one day at De Grisogono in 2014.

Yeoh said the amount of RM456,360.51 was spent using the Visa Platinum credit card and RM2,864,309.54 using the MasterCard Platinum credit card.

Najib is facing seven charges, of which three are for criminal breach of trust, one for abuse of power and three for money laundering, involving SRC International funds.

The hearing continues before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali next Tuesday.

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