KUALA LUMPUR – The high profile 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial began today with a heated cross-examination by defence counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.
The RM2.3 billion power abuse and money laundering trial involving former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak saw his former aide, Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin being bombarded by questions which included allegations that implicated the late Datuk Azlin Alias.
Azlin was the former Chief Private Secretary of Najib before he died in a helicopter crash in 2015. Amhari, the eight witness, was working under Azlin’s supervision.
Shafee also asked if he did not feel suspicious at all when the fugitive businessman, Low Taek Jho or Jho Low did not give him a copy of the banking document registered under his name.
Shafee: About Aerosphere Ltd.
Amhari: That company is related to my account with BSI Bank. Basically, it was a shell company under my account.
Shafee: You are the shareholder, signee and account owner for Aerosphere Ltd. Why is there such a process? Did you not question anything when faced with such things?
Amhari: Yes, I was suspicious.
Shafee: But you did not do anything other than feeling suspicious?
Shafee: Don’t you feel suspicious when Jho Low did not give you any document when he managed your banking account?
Amhari: I was only following an order and Jho Low asked me not to worry about anything.
Shafee: So, you trusted and only depended on Jho Low’s words back then?
Amhari: Jho Low and Datuk Azlin.
Shafee: Datuk Azlin is not here to defend himself. A dead man can’t say anything, right?
Amhari: Yes, correct.
Shafee: Therefore, it is easy to say that the dead man said this and that.
Amhari requested Muhammad Shafee to repeat his questions several times, with the third in Bahasa Melayu.
Shafee: A dead man cannot tell anything.
Shafee: It is truly easy to blame someone who has died for he cannot rise from his grave.
Amhari: Yes. But, if you ask anyone who knows him, you will get the same answer.
Shafee: Datuk Amhari, this is the court of justice, not a coffee shop. If you have evidences, you need to proof your allegations.
The trial has entered its fifth day before High Court Judge, Collin Lawrence Sequerah. –MalaysiaGazette