Witness denies colluding with Jho Low to implicate Najib in 1MDB scandal

KUALA LUMPUR: The former special officer to Datuk Seri Najib Razak has denied trying to implicate his former boss in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal and colluding with fugitive financier Low Taek Jho.

Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin, 43, disagreed with a suggestion by Najib’s lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah that he was working together with Low, who is also known as Jho Low, and was inconsistent with his testimony.

Shafee: You are inconsistent because you are not telling the truth and fabricating the evidence. That's how you want to implicate Najib. By saying Low’s (also known as Jho Low) instructions were Najib’s instructions.

Amhari: I disagree.

Shafee: When in fact you work hand-in-hand with Low. That is why you were rewarded with US$1mil (RM4.17mil at current rates); US$200,000 (RM834,000) in an unpaid loan and US$800,000 (RM3.34mil) in your bank account.

Amhari: I disagree.

The court had earlier heard testimonies that Amhari was shocked when he was informed by his bank that about US$800,000 was deposited into his account and that he took a US$200,000 loan from Low.

Najib, 66, faces 25 charges in total – 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 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.

The trial continues before High Court judge Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah tomorrow (Sept 11).


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