KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak took a final swing at fugitive financier Low Taek Jho on his last day on the stand at the SRC International Sdn Bhd trial, where he is accused of misappropriating RM42mil from the company's funds.
Najib said Low, or better known as Jho Low, convinced him that he had a special relationship with the Saudis and could deliver when it came to dealing with them.
Najib, who was under re-examination by lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, said that Low appeared to be closer to the Saudis during dealings that resulted in "donations" to Najib's bank accounts.
"At that time, it was clear that he (Jho Low) was closer to the Saudis rather than Malaysia's side. He was representing Saudi Arabia at the time," he said here on Tuesday (Feb 4).
The Pekan MP then repeated his "wallahi, wabillahi, watallahi" oath again that he did not know the RM42mil deposited into his account was from SRC International.
Najib placed the blame on Low and said the fugitive businessman had transferred the money as a "cover-up" so that he (Najib) would not find out the truth.
"Jho Low made immense amounts of money elsewhere. He must have thought that if he didn't continue to make sure donations flow into my account, it would have affected his relationship with me and this would lead me to uncover the scams.
"He needed to continue to ensure I had confidence and faith in him, so the RM42mil is minuscule compared to what he was making," he added.
After 13 days, Najib completed his testimony and was released from the witness stand.
Najib is facing seven charges – three for criminal breach of trust, one for abuse of power and three for money laundering involving SRC International funds totalling RM42mil.
Second defence witness Krystal Yap formerly of AmBank is expected to take the stand this afternoon before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.