KUALA LUMPUR: A key prosecution witness today laid to rest arguments that Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s signatures on documents and letters of instructions to his bank were forged.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating officer Rosli Hussain said the former prime minister himself admitted that the signatures were his.
Rosli said Najib made the admission when he was called to have his statements recorded on three occasions.
“He was called in on Dec 5, 2015, May 22, 2018 and May 24, 2018.
“We showed him all the documents and he confirmed that the signatures were his... he did not deny anything,” he said.
Rosli, who is the last witness to be called before the prosecution wraps up its case, said this during his testimony in chief conducted by deputy public prosecutor Datuk Suhaimi Ibrahim.
Immediately after he finished testifying on Najib’s confirmation about the signatures, the latter’s lead counsel Tan Sri Muhamad Shafee Abdullah said the defence would not object to what had been revealed by the witness but it regarded the evidence as hearsay.
Lead prosecutor Datuk V. Sithambaram said submissions on the issue would be made “at the appropriate time”.
Najib’s team has all this while argued that the former prime minister’s signature had been forged on documents which had been tendered as evidence in the trial.
The 66-year-old Pekan member of parliament is facing seven charges of criminal breach of trust, abuse of power, and money laundering involving RM42 million of SRC International Sdn Bhd funds. SRC International was a subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
He is charged with committing the offences between August 17, 2011, and Feb 10, 2015.
He faces 20-years jail and fine for the offences.
The trial before High Court Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali continues.