Ex-1MDB CEO Shahrol could have been charged for CBT, Shafee tells court

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  • Thursday, 03 Sep 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court was told that former 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MBD) CEO Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi could have been charged for criminal breach of trust over his conduct during his tenure at the sovereign state fund.

Lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who represented former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, suggested that Shahrol had committed serious offences involving 1MDB and could have been charged under Section 409 of the Penal Code.

The witness, who was under a cross-examination here on Thursday (Sept 3), disagreed.

Shafee suggested that because of the offences, Shahrol could not travel outside of the country and he was black marked by the Immigration Department as he was regarded as a “dominant accomplice of Jho Low”.

“Correction. I have been able to travel since early 2020 and I disagree that I am an accomplice of Jho. My passport was never taken.

“And I did not formally apply but I just found out one day it (Immigration black mark) was removed,” Shahrol responded.

He also disagreed that the authorities “went soft” on him as to make him the principal witness of the case.

Shafee: 1MDB could have easily sued you. In fact, many board members could be charged. You could have been sued by 1MDB.

Shahrol: I disagree.

Shafee pressed on with his suggestion that the reason Shahrol was not charged was because the investigating agency had made a deal with him to “crucify” his client (Najib) in exchange with letting Shahrol go.

The witness disagreed.

Shafee: In return, you gave incriminating evidence against my client.

Shahrol: I disagree.

Shafee gave the example of other individuals linked to the 1MDB scandal that have been charged in courts inside and outside of Malaysia.

Shafee: You’re the only one that is not in trouble despite you being the CEO of 1MDB. The deal was made with the investigating agency that you’d be left (alone).

Shahrol: I disagree.

Najib, 67, is facing four charges of abusing his position to obtain gratification totalling RM2.28bil in 1MDB funds and 21 counts of money laundering involving the same money.

The hearing before Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah continues on Monday (Sept 7).

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