SRC International case: Defence may ask former AG Apandi to testify

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  • Thursday, 23 Jan 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The defence in the SRC International Sdn Bhd trial may ask former attorney general (AG) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali to testify.

This was mentioned by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak during cross-examination by lead prosecutor Datuk V. Sithambaram here on Thursday (Jan 23) when asked about Apandi's appointment as the AG in July 2015.

Najib was referred to a press statement issued by Apandi, which cleared him of any wrongdoing related to SRC International, a subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

Sithambaram: I put it to you, despite the statement by the then AG, you abused your position as finance minister and prime minister by taking part in the decision to provide the two government guarantees.

Najib: I disagree.

Sithambaram: From the bank statements and all the evidence, it is clear evidence that RM42mil from SRC had gone into your account with your knowledge.

Najib: I disagree.

Sithambaram: Are you calling Apandi as a witness in this case?

Najib: We are considering the matter.

Apandi was the AG from July 2015, taking over from Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail. His services was terminated in June 2018, a month after Barisan Nasional lost in GE14.

Najib's lawyer Harvinderjit Singh said the defence would also call their own expert in the week of Feb 10 over the Pekan MP's signatures on 13 disputed documents.

Harvinderjit informed Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali that the expert, an Australian, could only travel on the said week.

"The week of Feb 10 is the only arrangement that could be done. I do not foresee much delay on the trial. Examination will take only two days. A report is expected to be ready in a week after the analysis," he said.

Previously, the court had set for the examination to take place before Feb 3.

Of the 13 documents, 11 are marked as prosecution evidence and another two as defence evidence.

On Wednesday (Jan 22), Justice Nazlan allowed Najib's application to call his own expert on grounds that an accused was entitled to procure and lead any relevant evidence of his choice in his defence.

During the trial, Najib had raised questions on the authenticity of his signatures as he claimed that he was never shown the original copies of the disputed documents.

Najib is facing seven charges – three for criminal breach of trust, one for abuse of power and three for money laundering involving SRC funds totalling RM42mil.

The hearing continues before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali on Feb 3.

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