Najib claims his signatures were forged

by RAHIMI YUNUS/ pic by BERNAMA

FORMER Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak (picture) is claiming in trial that his signature on documents related to SRC International Sdn Bhd might have been forged despite having previously verified by him during investigation.

On his sixth day on the witness stand, Najib had largely claimed that his signatures on various documents, including the shareholder’s minute and transaction instruction letters, could have been faked.

The former SRC International advisor emeritus told the Kuala Lumpur High Court that he only realised about a possible signature forgery during the trial, when the absence of original copies was raised in court.

The defendant, however, had previously confirmed with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on the authenticity of the photocopied documents when his statement was recorded by the authority.

Deputy public prosecutor Datuk V Sithambaram: You doubted your signature on those documents only during the course of the trial.

Najib: MACC never showed me the original copies of the documents when my statement was taken.

Sithambaram: Do you agree that when you were shown the photocopies by the MACC, you confirmed that those were your signatures?

Najib: They looked like my signature and that was why I confirmed it with the MACC at that time.

Sithambaram: Did you ever, when your statement was taken, ask for the original copies?

Najib: I did not because I did not know the significance of the original copies at that time. The Pekan MP reiterated that he thought the signature “looked like my signature at the time” to a point that Sithambaram said: “And it slowly does not look like your signature.”

Regardless of his denial on the authenticity of the signature, the prosecutor said Najib had never lodged any police report of forgery.

Najib has demanded for his signature to be verified by a handwriting expert from Australia to which Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali said the defence must submit a formal application for consideration.

Najib also maintained that it was not his duty to oversee the movement of the RM2 billion SRC International funds as it was an operational matter.

“The Minister of Finance Inc oversees the operations of companies under it,” he said.