KUALA LUMPUR — June 13, 2019: The trial was adjourned during the afternoon session to tomorrow after the defence decided that it wanted to scrutinise the court recording transcriptions following its claim that former SRC International Sdn. Bhd. chairman Tan Sri Ismee Ismail court testimony was inconsistent with his witness statement.
This was because Ismee had testified that the SRC board would follow the resolution of the company’s shareholders while in his written witness statement, Ismee said the board followed the advice of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as advisor emeritus of the company.
Lead defence counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah thus asked for a postponement to allow the defence to retrieve the recordings.
“We have come to a crossroad in relation to certain issues which requires us to look at certain documents, some of them in a bundle that have not been looked at, to make up our mind in relation to cross examination.
“We need to take instructions from my client; we need a consultation among ourselves (defence lawyers) to look at it more thoroughly,” he said.
Deputy public prosecutor Datuk V. Sithambaram did not object, following which judge Mohd. Nazlan Mohd. Ghazali decided to have the trial resume tomorrow morning.
When cross-examined earlier by counsel Harvinderjit Singh, Ismee explained that the SRC board made decisions based on its shareholders resolution. The lawyer then referred Ismee to his witness statement, which states that SRC acted on the advice of Najib.
Ismee also testified that he did not meet Najib regarding doubts in the accounts’ auditing status as he wanted to investigate the matter.
“I needed to investigate the non-filing and I called audit firm Deloitte on the delay. They said they had not received several audit confirmations from the management.
“I took responsibility and asked what audit confirmations were outstanding. They gave me info which deals with local banks, among others. It was on my table for two weeks and I dealt with it one by one. I took responsibility to close the accounts.” — Bernama