KUALA LUMPUR — Feb. 4, 2020: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak defended his decision to accept donations from the Saudi royal family instead of from local corporate donors so as not to feel indebted.
Thus the Saudi donations made him feel more comfortable.
He further justified accepting the RM2.6 billion donation ensured independence in the run-up to the 13th general elections in 2013.
According to Najib, his bank accounts with AmBank were opened in 2010 following a suggestion by fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low to facilitate the transfer from Saudi Arabia.
Najib was making his defence on several charges involving RM42 million from SRC International Sdn. Bhd.
His lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah today wrapped up his re-examination of Najib, after which Justice Mohd. Nazlan Mohd. Ghazali allowed Najib to be released from the witness stand.