Najib’s SRC Trial: Day 77

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Former ministers Jamil Khir Baharom and Anifah Aman to testify this week.

9am: Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak enters the Kuala Lumpur High Court and takes a seat at the front row of the public gallery.

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

9.24am: Najib enters the dock as proceedings begin.

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Also seen in court is Najib’s lead defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

9.27am: Taking the witness stand is fourth defence witness Syed Omar Syed Mohammad Al Saggaf, 76.

He will read out from a written witness statement.

He was the Malaysian ambassador to Saudi Arabia from September 2008 to September 2013.

9.52am: The court hears that then Saudi ruler King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al-Saud promised financial aid to then-prime minister Najib for the 13th General Election.

Syed Omar testifies that he was made to understand this during an unofficial meeting between a Najib-led delegation and King Abdullah on Jan 11, 2010, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

While reading out from a witness statement, the fourth defence witness says that the unofficial meeting took place just before Najib’s official visit to Saudi Arabia a few days later in January 2010.

“After the meeting (Jan 11, 2010), I was made to understand that King Abdullah promised to send financial aid to Najib for management of politics linked to the upcoming elections (GE13),” Syed Omar says during examination-in-chief by Shafee.

Syed Omar says that earlier in the meeting, King Abdullah expresses admiration on how Malaysia was managed as a country and was concerned with any potential effect from the tumult that triggered the Arab Spring in the Middle East.

10.28am: Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali allows DPP V Sithambaram’s application for an hour break.

The judge grants this application as the prosecution was served this morning with an amended copy of Syed Omar’s witness statement. They were served with the unamended version of the witness statement last night.

The prosecution seeks the one-hour break to help them prepare for cross-examination.

Earlier, Shafee had wrapped up a brief examination-in-chief of Syed Omar.

11.36am: Proceedings resume.

11.45pm: Syed Omar says he doesn’t know when cross-examined by Sithambaram on whether Saudi Arabia had promised of financial aid to Malaysia for GE 13, which amounted to foreign interference in Malaysia’s domestic affairs.

Sithambaram: I put it to you that if the prime minister (Najib) leading the government (delegation in Saudi Arabia) received a donation for election purposes then it would be an interference by a foreign government in Malaysia’s affairs.

Syed Omar: I do not know.

11.56am: Sithambaram is questioning Syed Omar whether he has personal knowledge about the financial that was allegedly promised by King Abdullah to Najib for use in GE13.

Sithambaram: You personally did not hear what was spoken to each other (King Abdullah and Najib), what you (Syed Omar) said in your witness statement, you do not have personal knowledge of the facts in relation to the general election?

Syed Omar: No.

Sithambaram: You later learned about it?

Syed Omar: From Najib, as we were leaving the hall where the meeting was (in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia).

12.21pm: Former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom will take the stand tomorrow, the High Court was informed this by Shafee at the end of proceedings today.

Shafee also informs the court that the defence will seek to try call former foreign minister Anifah Aman to the witness stand by Wednesday or Thursday this week.

The judge allows proceedings to adjourn for today and to resume around 9am tomorrow.

Earlier reports:

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