Witness: Najib often held private meetings with Jho Low

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak often discussed confidential matters with fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, says Najib's former special officer Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin on Tuesday (Sept 10).

Amhari, 43, the eighth prosecution witness for the former prime minister's 1Malaysia Development Bhd corruption trial, said that often, the meetings between Najib and Low were private.

Amhari, under cross-examination from defence counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, said he could not, however, fully confirm the nature of matters discussed between Najib and Low.

Shafee: Were you present when Najih was talking about these confidential (sulit) matters with Jho Low?

Amhari: No.

Shafee: Who were present?

Amhari: The two of them.

Shafee: So you could not verify the nature of the conversations as you were not present?

You can't determine (this) for a fact?

Amhari: No.

Amhari in his written witness statement said Najib had often met up with Low to discuss matters, including confidential ones.

In his statement, he also said he and the late Datuk Seri Azlin Alias, who was the former premier's principal private secretary, had on occasions received instructions from Low.

Amhari said he was sure that the instructions were known or had come from Najib.

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 was charged with 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.

The trial continues under High Court judge Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah in the afternoon.

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