KUALA LUMPUR — July 3, 2019: A key witness maintained today that his statement to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was from his own mouth, despite a defence lawyer pointing out to a similarity with a statement by another witness.
Former SRC International board member Datuk Suboh Md. Yassin went on to dismiss a suggestion by lawyer Harvinderjit Singh that he was guided by MACC officers or deputy public prosecutors, or had discussed with them while preparing his statement.
The situation arose when Harvinderjit asked if Suboh knew that some parts of his statement on Najib’s role in the company were similar with those in the statement of former SRC chairman Tan Sri Ismee Ismail.
The lawyer pointed to the paragraph which states that SRC board members would act in accordance with the advice of SRC advisor emeritus ad former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
When referred to similar specific paragraphs in the statements, Suboh stood his ground and said “I just give my statement. I dictated my statement to MACC and after two days I was shown the statement and I was satisfied with it”.
To another question on the RM4 billion loan from Retirement Fund Incorporated, Suboh said he had no knowledge of how and where the money was transferred to or what it was used for.
Najib, 66, is facing three counts of criminal breach of trust, one count of abusing his position and three counts of money laundering involving SRC International Sdn. Bhd. funds amounting to RM42 million.
Hearing before Justice Mohd. Nazlan Mohd. Ghazali continues on Monday, when the defence will continue cross-examining Suboh.
Before adjournment Nazlan reminded Suboh not to discuss the case with anyone. — Bernama