Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 78

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Jamil agrees that the alleged Arab donation to Najib was hushed up and kept from the public.

9am: Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak enters the Kuala Lumpur High Court and takes a seat at the front row of the public gallery.

Also in court are DPP V Sithambaram and other DPPs, as well as members of the accused’s defence team.

9.38am: Najib enters the dock as proceedings begin.

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9.42am: Former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom enters the witness stand and takes his oath before giving his testimony in the defence stage of Najib’s RM42 million SRC International trial.

9.49am: Jamil begins reading out from his witness statement as the fifth defence witness.

9.59am: Then Saudi ruler King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al-Saud chose to transfer financial aid into Najib’s account in order to avoid complications of how political organisations spend the money, Jamil testifies.

Jamil testifies that King Abdullah promised this to Najib just after they had an informal meeting at Riyadh on Jan 11, 2010.

“I was made to understand that the funds were transferred into the personal account of Najib Razak to streamline the political journey of Najib Razak and that King Abdullah was also concerned that direct transfer into any political organisation entities would complicate way the funds are spent,” Jamil says.

Jamil says he was part of the Malaysian delegation with Najib who attended the informal meeting on Jan 11, 2010.

10.05am: Jamil has finished up reading his nine-page witness statement.

10.17am: Jamil testifies that he was right behind King and Najib when the monarch promised to transfer financial aid into the then premier’s personal account.

During examination-in-chief by lead defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, the fifth defence witness says that he could hear every word of discussion between King Abdullah and Najib, the words translated into Arab and English by their respective interpreters.

Shafee: Can you hear every discussion between King Abdullah and Najib? Can you hear everything?

Jamil: While moving away (from the informal meeting), I was right behind Najib at the time. (My) Position was the same as King Abdullah’s interpreter, and I was behind Najib. We could hear what was communicated by King Abdullah and Najib’s response.

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Jamil adds that he could understand Arab language due to his educational background in Islamic religious studies and the Arab language.

10.25am: Jamil testifies that it’s a norm for King Abdullah to offer gifts beyond one’s expectation.

“I was also gifted with a pen containing a diamond. Usually (this kind of gift) is a mark of respect. To him (the king), this is normal.

“If he gives a Rolex watch, it’s hard to find a similar watch in the market,” he says during examination-in-chief by Shafee.

10.30am: High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali allows proceedings to adjourn for an hour until 11.30am.

This is to allow the prosecution to go through the amended copy of Jamil’s witness statement. Earlier, Sithambaram informed the court that they were only served with an amended copy of Jamil’s witness statement this morning.

11.35am: Proceedings resume.

11.43am: Jamil disagrees with the prosecution’s assertion that King Abdullah only promised non-monetary support to Najib.

Jamil says this during cross-examination by Sithambaram.

Sithambaram: I say that the meeting on Jan 11, 2010, (between Najib and King Abdullah in Riyadh) only had King Abdullah personally give assurance to Datuk Seri (Najib) that His Majesty (King Abdullah) would only give support so that Datuk Seri can continue to administer this country (Malaysia) as a good example of a (moderate) Islamic country.

Jamil Khir: King Abdullah gave support, including financial (support).

Sithambaram: There was never any time on Jan 11, 2010, that King Abdullah gave support via financial donation.

Jamil Khir: King Abdullah’s assurance was financial that day.

Sithambaram: I suggest that is not true.

Jamil Khir: I disagree.

11.46am: Jamil and Sithambaram engages in verbal sparring over the truthfulness of an alleged promise of donation by King Abdullah to Najib on Jan 11, 2010.

During cross-examination, Sithambaram asserts that there was no truth that there was such a promise given on Jan 11, 2010, while Jamil counters that King Abdullah did give the promise to Najib.

Sithambaram: I say that your testimony that there was such a discussion (between King Abdullah and Najib over the donation) on Jan 11, 2010, in relation to the 13th General Election is not true?

Jamil Khir: Disagree.

Sithambaram: I say that King Abdullah (allegedly) stating that the donation would be sent (to Najib) soon (after the informal Jan 11, 2010, meeting between Najib-led Malaysian delegation and King Abdullah at Riyadh) is not true.

Jamil Khir: Disagree.

Jamil Khir also disagrees with Sithambaram’s assertion that he had given false testimony over King Abdullah allegedly having promised to transfer the donation into Najib’s private account.

11.50am: Jamil testifies that King Abdullah did not state during the 2010 meeting the amount of money that he would be donating to Najib.

The king also did not say who would send the donation to Najib, he says when asked by deputy public prosecutor Sithambaram.

11.57am: Jamil tells the court that it was the government through Najib who asked Saudi Arabia for a fund contribution.

When questioned by DPP V Sithambaram whether Malaysia through the then prime minister had sought a donation from Saudi or was it Saudi which offered it, Jamil says: “We know it as a request.”

He adds that to his knowledge the financial request was never discussed in the cabinet.

“As far as I’m concerned, none,” he says.

12.07pm: Jamil agrees that the alleged Arab donation to Najib was hushed up and kept from the public.

Jamil disagrees with Sithambaram’s assertion that if King Abdullah had indeed promised to give this donation to Najib in Jan 2010, then it amounted to interference by Saudi Arabia in Malaysia’s democratic election.

Sithambaram: But this (alleged donation to Najib) was hushed up and kept from the public?

Jamil: Agree.

12.10pm: Jamil is released from the witness stand.

12.15pm: Proceedings adjourned to Thursday as counsel Shafee told the court that the sixth defence witness, Anifah Aman, would not be ready to testify tomorrow.

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