Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 76

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Short day, with Irwan Serigar the only witness.

9.30am: Accused Najib Abdul Razak enters the Kuala Lumpur High Court and takes a seat at the front row of the public gallery.


Also seen in court are Attorney-General Tommy Thomas and other DPPs, as well as members of Najib’s defence team.

9.43am: Najib enters the dock as proceedings begin.

9.45am: Former Treasury secretary-general Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah takes the oath to testify. Defence counsel Farhan Read begins examination-in-chief.

10.30am: Irwan testifies that only in exceptional circumstances can government guarantee be given to new companies.

The third defence witness says this only happens if the project by the new company is a sure thing.

Farhan is asking a general question on when a government guarantee can be issued.

Najib’s RM42 million SRC International case involves the issuance of government guarantee for RM4 billion in loans from Retirement Fund Inc (KWAP) to SRC.

10.38am: Irwan testifies that it usually takes over a month to receive cabinet approval for government loan guarantees.

“It depends. It can take one to three months, it can take less than a month, depending on the urgency needed. Normally, it is one to three months, the average needed,” he says.

During the prosecution stage of the RM42 million SRC trial last year, prosecution witness Maliami Hamad, who was former senior finance ministry officer, testified that orders came from then finance minister Najib through intermediaries, to rush the processing of SRC’s application for a government guarantee for the billions of ringgit in loans from KWAP to SRC.

10.48am: In relation to a question from Farhan on the extent of involvement in the second government guarantee issued for KWAP’s second RM2 billion loan to SRC in early 2012, Irwan says he was not involved in any discussion on the matter.

He says he merely signed the related memo, prior to being tabled at the cabinet, as the then Treasury secretary-general was not around to sign the memo.

Irwan was then deputy Treasury secretary-general in early 2012.

“Number one was not around, so they went to me, the number two, to get signature on the memo and send to the minister,” Irwan says.

10.53am: Irwan testifies that then second finance minister Husni Hanadzlah never told him that he (Husni) was instructed to sign a memo for a second government guarantee for a RM2 billion loan to SRC.

Irwan says this when Farhan asks whether Husni had ever told Irwan that he (Husni) was instructed to approve the memo.

The memo was later sent to the cabinet in early 2012, regarding the government guarantee for the second tranche of the RM2 billion loan to SRC.

11.11am: Court adjourns for a short break.

11.32am: Proceedings resume.

11.39am: Najib’s defence team wraps up examination-in-chief of Irwan.

Defence counsel Harvinderjit Singh informs the High Court that he has no further questions after briefly taking over from Farhan in questioning Irwan.

Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali then allows proceedings to go for a brief break to allow the prosecution to prepare a cross-examination of Irwan.

Since morning, Irwan had been testifying without a prepared witness statement.

12.06pm: Proceedings resume.

12.07pm: DPP V Sithambaram informs the High Court that the prosecution has opted not to cross-examine Irwan.

12.12pm: Najib’s defence team will have a fourth defence witness ready to testify on Monday, the High Court hears.

Nazlan then adjourns proceedings for today and to resume at 9am on Monday.

On Tuesday and Wednesday next week, an Australian expert will also examine the disputed signature on documents linked to the SRC case.

Earlier reports:

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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

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Jan 7, Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 67

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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

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