Najib maintains forged signature claims, recalls Jho Low’s role

He testified that he had not signed any shareholder minutes of SRC International, including those that preceded the foreign deposits

by AZREEN HANI / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

FORMER Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak (picture) found himself facing tough questions from the prosecution team on matters relating to his bank accounts last week in the restart of trial after a three-week break.

Najib testified that he had not signed any shareholder minutes of SRC International Sdn Bhd, including those that preceded the foreign deposits.

The former advisor emeritus of SRC International told the Kuala Lumpur High Court he was shocked by the firm’s move to keep RM3.6 billion of funds in banks abroad.

During cross-examination last week, Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk V Sithambaram sought to prove that Najib had indeed signed the shareholder minutes and the board had actively carried out the instructions as reflected in the board of directors resolutions.

But Najib disagreed that the board of directors resolution was produced as a consequence of shareholder minutes, in which he now claims to have not signed them.

He, however, did not lodge any police reports on the alleged forged documents nor his signature.

“You are the most powerful man in the country. Who would have the audacity to forge your signature?” Sithambaram asked.

When pressed on who would have the audacity to forge his signature, Najib said he does not know.

Separately, the Pekan MP acknowledged receiving RM42 million into his account and claimed his former chief private secretary, the late Datuk Azlin Alias, knew about the money, but did not inform him.

He also testified that fugitive businessman, Low Taek Jho or Jho Low, was the facilitator for his meeting with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Abdulaziz al-Saud.

He told the court how Jho Low was a conduit to the bank with regards to the donations into his account. Najib maintained that Bank Negara Malaysia had been informed about it.

The accused blamed Jho Low for not sending him the bank statements, believing the controversial financier is keeping it from him.

“I believe that Jho Low does not want the statements to be sent to me,” Najib said.

Sithambaram: You would agree it is ridiculous (for Jho Low) to manipulate the account only to put in money that only you can use.

Najib: I do not know his intentions. I don’t want to speculate.

On his expensive purchases, Najib claimed that a piece of jewellery worth €763,500 (RM3.3 million) was bought from Italian jeweller De Grisogono, by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor with his credit card.

However, when Sithambaram pointed out that Najib’s bank statement showed there were payments for 10 items at the jeweller, Najib said he needs to check with Rosmah as she was responsible for the purchase.

Najib added that the jewellery purchase was considered small compared to the funds channelled for the corporate social responsibility’s initiatives he had done.

The SRC International trial will resume on Jan 20.