KUALA LUMPUR: A prosecution witness told the High Court here today that he did not investigate claims by Datuk Seri Najib Razak that he had received donations from the King of Saudi Arabia, as he thought it was irrelevant.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating officer Rosli Husain said the commission also did not investigate claims that there was a meeting between the former prime minister and the Saudi king as it felt it had no relevance to the ongoing trial.
Rosli who is the 57th and last prosecution witness in Najib’s corruption trial involving RM42 million of SRC International Sdn Bhd funds said he came to know about this during the recording of the latter’s statement to the MACC.
“In his statement, Najib told the MACC that he had received donations from a Saudi Arabia king.
“However, I did not investigate further as I thought that it was not relevant with the ongoing trial (SRC International trial),” he added.
During cross examination by Najib’s lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, Rosli said his investigations only revolved around the transactions into Najib’s personal accounts.
“The investigations were based on the money that went into the accounts which we found was used up in June 2014,” he added.
Asked whether he knew that the money that Najib had maintained in his personal accounts were donations from the Saudi king, the witness replied “this was his (Najib) claims”.
The court also heard that Najib had spent RM3.3 million on a gift for the wife of the former Qatar prime minister in 2014.
Rosli testified that such a “big” gift was given to the said leader because of the good ties between the two countries.
Rosli, 54, when cross examined by Najib’s counsel Farhan Read said it was a “mere claim” when asked whether Najib had purchased jewellery from Swiss luxury jeweller De Grisogono Italy as a gift to the foreign leader.
Najib, 66, is facing seven charges of criminal breach of trust, abuse of power and money laundering involving RM42 million of SRC International funds.
The Pekan member of parliament is charged with committing the offences between Aug 17, 2011, and Feb 10, 2015.
He faces 20 years’ jail and fine for the offences.