KUALA LUMPUR — Feb. 27, 2020: A Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer is unsure if he had met the real Prince Saud Abdul Aziz when he was in Riyadh in 2015 to investigate a case.
The prince had supposedly signed four letters connected to a donation of RM2.6 billion from the Saudi royal family to former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
MACC assistant commissioner Mohd. Nasharudin Amir went to Riyadh in November of that year to determine the authenticity of the letters. Also on the trip were then MACC chief commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad, deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki and senior officer Mohd. Hafaz Nazar.
While Nasharudin wasn’t sure who Prince Saud was, he believed that based on the name the person was import6ant and of royal descent. He described meeting Prince Saud “in a mansion like a palace”.
The officer was a witness in the case in which Najib is facing several charges involving RM42 million of SRC International money.
Nasharudin told prosecutor Datuk V. Sithambaram that the prince did not sign any statements recorded by the MACC because the statements had been translated into English by one Abdullah Al-Koman.
Nasharudin agreed with Sithambaram’s suggestion that it would have been unreasonable if anyone other than the prince had verified the donation had been given to Najib.
To another question, Nasharudin said the MACC failed to find any documentary evidence supporting the said donation.
Hearing before Justice Mohd. Nazlan Mohd. Ghazali continues on Monday.