KUALA LUMPUR — June 1, 2020: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has argued that he had no knowledge of the RM42 million of the company’s money that was placed in his personal bank account and instead apportioned blame on two others.
Thus his defence team maintained that Najib had done no wrong. Rather, they placed the blame on fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, popularly known as Jho Low, and the company’s former CEO Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil, also on the run overseas.
The defence argued that Najib thought that the money was part of a donation from the late king of Saudi Arabia but only knew in 2016 that the RM42 million was from SRC International following media reports.
It was also the defence’s contention that the affidavit in a suit against former MCA president Tun Ling Liong Sik in which Najib admitted to receiving the sum did not amount to an admission of guilt.
According to Najib’s lawyer Harvinderjit Singh, the prosecution had failed to prove its case beyond all reasonable doubt. Harvinderjit today laid out Najib’s defence in an oral submission before High Court Judge Mohd. Nazlan Mohd. Ghazali.
According to Harvinderjit, his client had no knowledge of transactions effected between December 2014 and February 2015 from monies in his bank account with AmBank.
Najib is facing charges of using his office for gratification, criminal breach of trust and money laundering.
After the prosecution closed its case late August last year, Nazlan in November ordered Najib to enter his defence on all charges.
The judge agreed that Najib had indeed used his position for gratification, with the RM42 million a gratification Najib had intended to obtain and did in fact obtain.
Nazlan further agreed that Najib had knowledge that money deposited into his accounts was from SRC International based on several factual circumstances.
The defence will continue their submissions tomorrow.