The defence today accused Najib Razak’s former special officer of lying in his testimony to protect himself from prosecution, the Kuala Lumpur High Court heard today.
Lead defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah further suggested that Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin was pressured by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to finger the blame on Najib, who is currently facing 25 charges in relation to RM2.3 billion of 1MDB funds.
“I am putting it to you that your testimony in the last three days has been tailored and perhaps even coached by the MACC, in order to implicate my client because they threatened to prosecute you if you don’t agree to it,” Shafee said during cross-examination today.
“I disagree,” Amhari said.
Ahmari, 43, was Najib’s special officer from 2008 to 2016, after which he joined Khazanah Nasional as a director.
Shafee earlier described Ahmari’s testimony that he was forced by Low Taek Jho to open a Singaporean account to be “a creation” of the witness’ imagination.
Shafee further suggested that Amhari, in fact, received US$800,000 in that account as a reward for previous work for Low, a claim which he denied.
The lawyer also suggested that Amhari has withheld other information from the trial, such as a payment of US$200,000 from Low, and that he was pressured by the MACC for his testimony.
Shafee: Don’t you feel threatened the MACC can take action any time?
Amhari: The question of being threatened comes from everywhere… The word threatened, in the true current context and with all due respect to my previous boss…in the current system, threatened is an understatement.
Shafee: You tell what MACC wants rather than the truth of the matter…
Amhari: I disagree.
Shafee: That is why you didn’t volunteer to tell them about the US$800,000 that you said Jho Low put into your account until MACC confronted you.
Amhari: I disagree. – TMI