Najib’s 1MDB Trial: Day 32

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Ex-1MDB CEO not well, asks for a break.

9.15am: Lead defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah enters the courtroom with his team as trial is about to start.

9.18am: Trial resumes with ninth prosecution witness former 1MDB CEO Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi taking the stand.

9.20am: DPP Akram Gharib informs the court that Shahrol is unwell and has taken medications.

The counsel says that while the witness is fine to continue giving his testimony now, it is yet to be known how he would be later due to the medication.

Proceeding then resumes with Shafee continuing his cross-examination on Shahrol.

9.33am: Shafee asks Shahrol about the role of former CEO Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil at 1MDB. Shafee asks him if he knew what Nik Faisal was earning.

Shahrol says he doesn’t know.

9.34am: Shahrol says Nik Faisal was appointed by Najib.

Shafee asks Shahrol if he has the appointment letter as the defence does not have it.

Shahrol says he will check with the investigators.

9.35am: The defence’s cross-examination on Shahrol delves into a presentation paper on PetroSaudi Oil Services Ltd (PSOSL) that was tabled to 1MDB board of directors in Jan 2011.

The court hears that PSOSL is a subsidiary of PetroSaudi International and owned by the same owners, namely Prince Turki and Tarek Obaid.

Shahrol testifies that the presentation paper, which was dated Dec 30, 2010, came about following the board’s instruction for 1MDB’s management to get more information on Petrosaudi International and its operations.


He says that the presentation, specifically on PSOSL, was mooted by the 1MDB chief investment officer Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil.

9.44am: Shahrol says he had requested former 1MDB general counsel Jasmine Loo to work for the firm.

He says Low initially was not in favour of Loo’s role in 1MDB, but eventually allowed it.

9.45am: The court hears from Shahrol that a certain Ong Gim Huat, said to be an experienced real estate businessperson, was brought into the company’s board of directors to reflect then prime minister Najib’s 1Malaysia vision.

Shahrol says that there was a discussion between the original directors of 1MDB to bring in a non-bumiputera to reflect the vision.

He testifies that after this was when Jho Low recommended several names to Shahrol, including Ong.

Shahrol says Low claimed that he had cleared with Najib over bringing in Ong as a director in 1MDB.

According to the witness, Ong was also chosen because he was an independent businessperson and somebody outside the system.

Shahrol says that Low claimed that Najib had wanted someone with fresh way of looking into things to be in the board.

10.07am: Shafee calls time on the cross-examination. Najib will now head across the court complex to justice Nazlan’s court to hear the decision on the SRC International case.

Ahmad Zamzahuri

12.35pm: Court resumes its session.

Lead prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram tells the judge that the witness is not well, and he will need to recuperate for a day to give his full attention during the cross-examination.

Shahrol also tells the judge that he needs a break.

Sequerah allows for this.

1MDB trial is adjourned until Wednesday morning.

Earlier reports:

Nov 7, Najib’s 1MDB Trial: Day 31

Nov 6, Najib’s 1MDB Trial: Day 30

Nov 5, Najib’s 1MDB Trial: Day 30

Nov 4, Najib’s 1MDB Trial: Day 28

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Oct 31, Najib Calls in Sick with Swollen Eyes, 1MDB Trial Postponed Yet Again

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Oct 29, Najib’s 1MDB Trial: Day 26

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Oct 24, Najib Asks Prosecution to Hand Over Justo’s Information Given to MACC

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Oct 17, Najib’s 1MDB Trial: Day 23

Oct 17, Jho Low Changed 1MDB Constitution to Give Najib Absolute Power

Oct 16, Najib’s 1MDB Trial: Day 22

Oct 14, Najib’s 1MDB Trial: Day 21

Oct 10, Najib’s 1MDB Trial: Day 20

Oct 9, Najib’s 1MDB Trial: Day 19

Oct 8, Najib’s 1MDB Trial: Day 18

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Sept 26, Jho Low, Najib Faked Meeting Minutes to Move US$750M from 1MDB to PSI

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