Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 79

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Najib had declined King Abdullah’s offer to give him stallions.

9.30am: Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak enters the dock.

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9.33am: Former foreign minister Anifah Aman enters the witness stand to testify as the sixth defence witness in Najib’s RM42 million SRC International trial.

9.38am: Anifah, 66, begins reading out from his witness statement in examination-in-chief by lead defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

9.45am: Anifah testifies that then minister in the prime minister’s department Jamil Khir Baharom confirmed to then premier Najib that King Abdullah wished for the donation be channelled into Najib’s personal account.

Anifah testifies he was among the Malaysian delegation at an unofficial meeting with King Abdullah at Riyadh in early January, 2010.

He confirms that among the ones in attendance were Najib, then Malaysian ambassador to Saudi Arabia Syed Omar Syed Mohammad Al Saggaf, Jamil, and himself.

“As we were exiting, the prime minister (Najib) had sought clarification from Jamil Khir regarding the confidential dialogue between him and King Abdullah as to whether he was correct in understanding that King Abdullah preferred the financial donation the King was making be transferred to Najib’s personal bank account.

“I took note of this seriously as Najib was simultaneously talking to both of us.

“Jamil confirmed the accuracy of the prime minister’s understanding.

“It was understood that King Abdullah did not want this contribution of money to be vaguely disbursed and may pose problems in their disbursement.

“Putting the money in the personal account of the prime minister would bring about easier controls,” Anifah says.

9.49am: Anifah testifies that Najib had declined King Abdullah’s offer to give him stallions after he praised the paintings of Arabian stallions at the Riyadh Conference Palace in Saudi Arabia.

In reading his witness testimony, Anifah testified: “Najib politely declined the offer as he does not ride horses.

“Such an offer clearly was a manifestation of the close relations between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.”

9.51am: Anifah wraps up reading out the full content of his witness statement.

Shafee then begins asking questions for examination-in-chief.

9.53am: Anifah describes the meeting between Najib and King Abdullah in Riyadh as an official one.

“In foreign affairs, when the meeting of two heads of state is arranged by Wisma Putra, it is considered an official meeting.”

9.58am: The High Court allows DPP V Sithambaram’s application for a one-hour break.

Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali allows this when the DPP says that the prosecution was only served with a copy of Anifah’s witness statement around 2am this morning.

Sithambaram says that the prosecution needs this time to prepare questions for cross-examination of Anifah.

11.10am: Proceedings resume.

11.13am: Anifah testifies he is not aware whether Jho Low has more clout with the Saudi royal family.

Sithambaram is asking Anifah about Najib’s past testimony that Jho Low has a lot of influence with the Saudi royal family, to the extent that Low allegedly arranged not only an official meeting between Najib and King Abdullah but also the alleged Saudi royal family donation to Najib’s personal account.

Anifah tells Sithambaram that he is not aware of Low having allegedly arranged the official meeting between Najib and King Abdullah in January 2010.

11.25am: Anifah testifies that King Abdullah made the offer of financial donation to Najib during an official meeting between Jan 13 to 16, 2010.

This differs from two previous defence witnesses’ testimony on the matter.

Earlier witnesses, Syed Omar and Jamil testified that King Abdullah made the offer to Najib on Jan 11, 2010.

The two witnesses said that the offer was made at the sidelines of an unofficial meeting between Najib and King Abdullah at Riyadh, before an official visit by Malaysia to Saudi Arabia on Jan 13, 2010.

Sithambaram: The offer (by King Abdullah) to make this financial donation was made during the Jan 13 to 16 (2010) meeting?

Anifah: Yes.

To a question from Sithambaram whether there was any unofficial meeting between Najib and King Abdullah before Jan 13, 2010, Anifah says he has no knowledge of any such meeting.

11.36am: Anifah testifies that King Abdullah’s promise of a financial donation to Najib was not raised in cabinet because it was a personal donation.

He agrees with Sithambaram’s assertion that King Abdullah’s promise of a financial donation was not discussed in the Dewan Rakyat.

12.13pm: An Australian handwriting expert’s report on Najib’s signatures on key SRC documents can be ready latest by Feb 26, the High Court hears.

Shafee informs Justice Nazlan this at the end of proceedings today.

Shafee also informs the court that they will prepare a 1MDB case investigating officer, only named as Nasarudin, to testify as the seventh defence witness on Monday next week.

Nazlan then adjourns proceedings for today. Proceedings will resume on Monday.


Earlier reports:

Feb 13, Anifah Says Improper for Najib to Buy Channel Watch with Saudi Donation

Feb 11, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 78

Feb 10, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 77

Feb 10, Former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia: Najib, Not King Abdullah Told Me About Donation

Feb 5, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 76

Feb 4, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 75

Feb 3, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 74

Jan 23, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 73

Jan 23, Stumbling for Answers at SRC Trial, Najib Is Schooled on Court Proceedings

Jan 22, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 72

Jan 22, Court Allows Najib to Call Expert to Verify Signatures

Jan 21, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 71

Jan 20, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 70

Jan 9, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 69

Jan 8, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 68

Jan 7, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 67

Jan 6, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 66

Jan 6, Prosecution’s Application to Impeach Najib Dismissed, Judge Ruled No Contradictions Given

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Dec 18, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 64

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Aug 20, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 55

Aug 19, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 54

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Aug 9, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 51

Aug 7, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 50

Aug 6, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 49

Aug 5, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 48

Aug 1, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 47

July 31, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 46

July 29, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 45

July 25, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 44

July 24, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 43 Vacated

July 23, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 42

July 22, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 41

July 18, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 40

July 17, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 39

July 16, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 38

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June 20, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 29

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June 17, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 26

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May 2, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 12

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Apr 29, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 10

Apr 29, Court Throws Out Najib’s Application to Strike Out 7 SRC Charges, Trial to Go On

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