KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak today surprised everyone when he resorted to using a Muslim holy phrase while testifying in the SRC International Berhad trial.
He swore that he never instructed anyone to transfer RM42 million of the company’s money into his personal banking accounts.
“Wallahi Wabillahi Watallahi… I never ever instructed anyone to do that,” he said.
Najib said this when he was asked to elaborate on his denial that he had instructed former SRC International chief executive officer Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil to transfer the money into his accounts.
His lawyer, Farhan Read, had asked him to do so immediately after the prosecution finished their cross-examination of the former prime minister this morning.
Najib said he had never given Nik Faisal such instructions and there was also no evidence to show he had done it.
“There is no evidence that I gave such instruction, and no witness has come forward to say so,” he said.
‘Wallahi Wabillahi Watallahi’ is an oath used by Muslims to swear on the truth of their word.
Najib has used the phrase prior to this to deny his involvement in other cases he has been alleged to be involved in, including the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Earlier, in his final question while cross-examining Najib, lead prosecutor Datuk V. Sithambaram asked the accused whether the second government guarantee which was given to SRC International for its additional RM2 billions loan from the Retirement Fund Incorporated (KWAP) was ever tabled in Parliament.
Najib said he had checked with his lawyers, but could not find any verification whether this had been done.
“Actually this is the duty of the functionaries (in Parliament) to attend to such matters.
“I assumed that it was tabled, but I am not sure,” he said.
Najib, 66, is facing seven charges of abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money laundering involving RM42 millions of SRC International funds.
He faces 20 years’ jail if found guilty of the offences.