KUALA LUMPUR — July 1, 2020: One of the main witnesses in the trial today disagreed with a defence suggestion that he had cut a deal with the prosecution to avoid being charged by agreeing to blow the whistle on others.
According to former 1MDB CEO Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim, he was also never detained or remanded but was only called by investigators as a witness.
Shahrol was today questioned again by Tan Sri Muhhammad Shafee Abdullah, the lead counsel for former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is facing 25 counts of abuse of power and money laundering involving RM2.28 billion from the sovereign fund which was deposited into his accounts between 2011 and 2014.
Shahrol told Shafee he also did not read a novel and a report from the United States Department of Justice that were uncomplimentary to him because he decided that was the best way to deal with the stress he was going through.
The trial continues on July 15.