Jho Low referred to Najib as ‘Boss’

The 8th witness told the court that Jho Low asked to be informed on PPB’s funds transferred so that he (Jho Low) can inform his ‘boss’ about it

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THE eighth defence witness of SRC International Bhd’s trial, Datuk Rosman Abdullah, 53, said fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho or better known as Jho Low referred to Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak as his “boss”.

According to a Bernama report, the group MD of Putrajaya Perdana Bhd (PPB) told the Kuala Lumpur High Court yesterday that this happened when Jho Low asked to be informed after the RM27 million from Putra Perdana Construction Sdn Bhd (PPC), a subsidiary of PPB, had been transferred into Najib’s personal accounts so he (Jho Low) could inform his “boss” about it.

He said this during cross-examination by ad-hoc prosecutor Datuk V Sithambaram.

Sithambaram: Based on previous communications between you and Jho Low he asked you to inform him so that he could inform his boss?

Rosman: Yes, that was what he said. Sithambaram: When Jho Low mentioned “boss” at the time, you knew that he was referring to Datuk Seri Najib?

Rosman: Yes.

The witness also said he knew from Najib’s former principal private secretary, the late Datuk Azlin Alias, that Jho Low had direct contact with the Pekan MP.

Earlier, Rosman confirmed that RM32 million was transferred into Najib’s bank accounts ending 880 and 906 in 2014, through two transactions of RM27 million on July 8, 2014, and RM5 million on Sept 10, 2014.

To another question by Najib’s lawyer, Farhan Read, on SRC International, the witness said back in 2014, his knowledge of SRC International was limited.

“Now in hindsight, the name SRC is toxic. Anything to do with SRC is a crime,” said Rosman.

He said this in relation to the monetary flow of RM117 million from SRC International into the accounts of PPB’s subsidiary before millions flowed into Najib’s personal bank accounts between December 2014 and February 2015.

Najib faces seven charges of misappropriating RM42 million in SRC International funds, comprising three counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT), three counts of money laundering and one count of abuse of position in relation to the SRC International funds.

The trial before Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali continues.