Najib’s SRC Trial: Defence Say Najib a Victim of Conspiracy

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Najib Razak is a victim of a conspiracy that involved Low Taek Jho and former SRC International CEO Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil, as well as rogue bankers, the defence said in its closing submission today.

Lead defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah told the Kuala Lumpur High Court the defence’s case proved to be more complicated than expected due to the number of personalities involved and “prejudice” the former prime minister suffered by virtue of his position.

“It is important to remind this court that when we appeared before Yang Arif, we did express our worry about the kind of prejudice that this case was going to receive, both in the public (and private) domain and that, possibly, it would creep in the judicial circle as well,” Shafee told judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.

“This is a case that has become complicated simply because of the personalities involved. Namely, that there is this man with immense power who was the prime minister.

“And, therefore, I would say by virtue of the position that he was in, there’s a lot of prejudice that could be drawn against him, like some of the questions my learned friend (ad hoc prosecutor V Sithambaram) had raised, saying that as a man of knowledge and a man of finance, how could he not be aware of the full circumstances of the money coming into his account?

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“The truth of the matter is that it has become complicated for us to produce the best defence possible. Namely because our defence, which is a defence of stating the truth, that Najib himself is a victim of (a) scam and series of misrepresentations by the likes of Jho Low and Nik Faisal and a bunch of rogue bankers, like Joanna Yu and other senior management of SRC.”

Shafee said the fact that Najib was surrounded by the people who scammed him made it easy for the public and the court to be fortified in a belief that the circumstances surrounding the former prime minister would hence deprive him of defence available to a common man.

The defence has consistently maintained that Najib was never aware of the source of the RM42 million that entered his accounts between December 2014 and February 2015, the source of which the prosecution has not been able to convincingly determine either.

Shafee said evidence showed that executives and rogue bankers carried out instructions at the behest of Jho Low for the latter’s own interest, who devised elaborate machinations to suit his own purposes that Najib was not aware of.

Later in the afternoon, Shafee applied for oral submissions to continue for another day tomorrow as one of the defence counsels supposed to submit today, Harvinderjit Singh, was unable to attend proceedings this afternoon.

Shafee assured the court that he and Harvinderjit would be able to conclude their submissions by noon tomorrow.

In allowing the application, judge Nazlan reminded the defence that if Harvinderjit was still unable to attend court tomorrow, the defence would still need to conclude their oral submissions regardless.

Nazlan had initially scheduled three days from June 1 to June 3 to hear the oral submissions by both the defence and the prosecution.


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Jun 2, Najib’s SRC Trial: Defence Discredits Ex-Minister

Jun 2, Najib’s SRC Trial: Defence Says Don’t Convict Najib Based on “Court of Public Opinion”

Jun 1, Najib’s SRC Trial: Defence Lawyers Argu It Wasn’t Najib, Blame Jho Low and Nik Faisal

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