Crime & Courts

1MDB ex-general counsel to testify in court today

KUALA LUMPUR: After spending more than five years on the run, Jasmine Loo Ai Swan, the former 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) general counsel will be brought to court today.

Dubbed as one of fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho's proxy, Loo is expected to testify as the last key prosecution witness against her former boss, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the High Court.

Loo's name was heavily mentioned in Najib's ongoing corruption trial for allegedly misappropriating RM2.3 billion from 1MDB.

It was reported that Loo was among the proxies working with Low to misappropriate millions of ringgit from the sovereign state fund.

Loo, who also became a fugitive after the 14th General Election in 2018, was listed as a wanted person.

She was arrested by police on July 7, last year, and has been in witness protection ever since.

Last week, Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib said the prosecution would subpoena Loo, following the testimony of the current witness, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) senior officer Nur Aida Arifin.

Akram said Loo would be called based on the testimony of the 48th prosecution witness, Bukit Aman anti-money laundering crime investigation team head ACP Foo Wei Min.

Akram said Foo's testimony has opened gaps in the case involving the former prime minister.

On Nov 16, Foo agreed with Najib's lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah's suggestion that Loo could be the main witness in either nailing Najib in his coffin and burying him further, or proving his client's innocence, concerning the US$681mil (RM3.19bil) transfer from Tanore Finance Corporation into the former prime minister's personal bank account.

Najib, 70, is facing four charges of using his position to obtain bribes totalling RM2.3 billion from 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.

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