KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak said that he could not confirm the authenticity of the documents shown to him by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) during their investigations of him, the High Court heard on Tuesday (Dec 10).
The former prime minister said this during examination-in-chief by his counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah at his SRC International Sdn Bhd trial.
Najib said that he told the MACC officers that the signature on the documents looked like his own.
“I told the MACC officers that the signature on these documents were mine because they looked like my signatures, ” he said, adding that all the documents shown to him were copies and not the original documents.
He told the court that MACC officers also failed to inform him that there were no original copies of the documents that were to be found in SRC International’s records.
This, he said, was only made known to him during the trial itself.
He said that it was also during the trial that he came to know that former SRC International director Datuk Suboh Md Yassin also said that his own (Suboh’s) signature on several documents could have been “cut and pasted” by other parties.
“I did not have the chance to know of these matters at the time and only confirmed my signature based on a cursory glance at the documents.
“Now I have reasons to doubt the authenticity of my signature (on the documents), ” he added.
Najib also stressed the importance for an expert from Australia to be brought in to verify the authenticity of the documents and of his signature on them.
Najib is facing seven charges; three for criminal breach of trust, one for abuse of power and three for money laundering involving SRC International Sdn Bhd funds totalling RM42mil.
The hearing continues before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali this afternoon.
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