Over 100 documents verified by witness in court during 1MDB trial

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 29 Aug 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial involving Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is accused of the misappropriation of RM2.3bil from the state fund, saw over 100 documents being verified by a single witness.

Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) assistant registrar Rafidah Yahaya, 48, spent the entire afternoon verifying the documents during an examination-in-chief, conducted by deputy public prosecutor Mohamad Mustaffa P. Kunyalam.

The documents were in relation to four companies – Powertek Investment Holding Sdn Bhd, Powertek Energy Sdn Bhd, Merpati Energy (Langat) Sdn Bhd and Mastika Lagenda Sdn Bhd.

The seventh witness said the information on the companies was requested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

"I processed these applications; these documents were obtained from filing by these companies to SSM, which were stored in the Company and Business System (CBS)," she told the High Court here on Thursday (Aug 29).

Rafidah verified 152 documents and all of them were marked as evidence.

Najib's lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah later asked for the proceeding to be adjourned at 4.30pm as his client was suffering from back problems from sitting through long hours in the dock.

“My client said he suffered a sore back as he sat for too long in the dock.

“Perhaps we can adjourn this proceeding at 4.30pm, ” he said.

Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah, however, decided to call it a day at 4.45pm.

Najib, 66, faces 25 charges – four for abuse of power that allegedly brought him financial benefit to the tune of RM2.3bil; and 21 for money laundering involving the same amount of money.

He was charged for the four abuse of power charges under Section 23(1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act, punishable under Section 24(1) of the same law.

He faces imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine of up to five times the sum or value of the gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if found guilty.

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