Witness: Najib's face neutral on hearing Sultan Mizan angry over RM5bil TIA bond

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  • Wednesday, 09 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The High Court here heard on Wednesday (Oct 9) that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's facial expression was neutral when he was told that the then Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin was angry over the Terengganu Investment Authority Bhd's (TIA) RM5bil bonds issuance.

Former chief executive officer of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi said he told the former premier of the Sultan's reaction when they met at the latter’s house in Langgak Duta.

This took place between 8pm and 9pm on May 22,2009, the same day he met with the Sultan at Istana Terengganu here.

The 49-year-old witness said this when cross-examined by Najib's lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah on the 19th day of the former premier’s trial over 1MDB funds.

Shafee: Did Datuk Seri Najib look baffled as to the fact that Sultan Mizan was angry?

Shahrol: His (Najib) facial expression was neutral. I don't recall any bafflement.

Previously, in his witness statement, Shahrol said he was asked by Sultan Mizan to sign a TIA resolution to cancel the issuance of the bonds.

On Shafee’s suggestion that this meant Najib did not know the the reason Sultan Mizan was angry, Shahrol agreed.

Najib, 66, faces four charges of using his position to obtain bribes totalling RM2.3bil from 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.

Hearing before Justice Sequerah continues, with senior deputy public prosecutor and former Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram leading the prosecution. – Bernama

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