Accused claims he was offered:
- RM3.5 million by Najib through prison officer to admit guilt
- RM2 million from Kevin’s younger brother to do the same
- RM1.5 million Dr Kunaseegaran
Datuk Seri Najib Razak has labelled a Bernama report in which one of the accused in the Anthony Kevin Morais murder trial claimed to have been offered RM3.5 million from the former prime minister to admit his guilt, as “mischievous.”
Malaysiakini, in a report, said Najib in a statement, said Bernama had used a sensational and tabloid-ish headline.
Najib was quoted as saying that those who are too lazy to read the article would “automatically believe it.”
“Those who are not easily trapped by just reading headlines will surely find something amiss after reading the full article.
“There are seven accused in the murder. Only one of those accused suddenly claimed I offered him RM3.5 million through an unnamed Prisons Department officer to admit guilt in the Morais murder,” he was quoted as saying.
“The accusation by the seventh accused to implicate me is totally ridiculous,” Najib said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Oct 2).
Bernama in its report said that the seventh accused in the murder of Morais, who was deputy public prosecutor, had told the Kuala Lumpur High Court that he was offered RM3.5 million by Najib to admit guilt.
The accused, S Ravi Chandaran, claimed that the offer was made through a prisons officer. He claimed that he also received an offer from Morais’s younger brother, Datuk Richard Morais, to do the same.
Ravi Chandaran, who is the defence’s sixth witness, said this when cross-examined by counsel Datuk N Sivananthan who is representing military pathologist Colonel Dr R Kunaseegaran, during the proceedings on the 24th day of the defence’s case.
Najib said the first time his name was implicated in the murder of Kevin Morais was when investigative news portal Sarawak Report had reported that the DPP was killed as he was involved in the investigation of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and SRC International Sdn Bhd.
“At that time, I assumed that the Sarawak Report allegations were also ridiculous as many others were involved in the investigation of every case.”
Najib also accused the propaganda squad of Pakatan Harapan of fanning the public’s hate towards him.
He also pointed out that after the 14th General Election in May, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull had denied that Kevin Morais’ murder was connected to the RM2.6 billion scandal, SRC International or even 1MDB.
“This has very clearly refuted the accusations and slander made by Sarawak Report,” he said.
The accused in this case are charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.