KUALA LUMPUR – In his written testimony, witness, Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin has repeatedly highlighted that he faced threats and pressure which led him to agree with opening an offshore account and joined the ‘mission’ to save 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
While being cross-examined by defence counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah on the threats he faced and who threatened him, Amhari, the former special aide to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that if was through fugitive businessman, Low Taek Low or Jho Low.
Shafee: I would like to remind you on your witness statement, where you felt very pressured, especially when you opened a bank account as directed by Jho Low in 2012.
Shafee: That was in 2012. The late Datuk Azlin asked you to follow the order or your life will be in danger? Who brought the threat to you? Did Jho Low or Najib wanted to shoot you anywhere?
Amhari: The Prime Minister had the power. When I talked about threat, it was not only my life. Of course, losing my life would be the worst case scenario but the threat I meant was my career and daily living. Datuk Azlin advised me to do that.
Shafee: Jho Low forced you and convinced you and you felt that the orders came from the Prime Minister himself?
Amhari: Jho Low said, it was with the Prime Minister’s blessing.
Shafee: That was what Jho Low said. You felt threatened as it came from Jho Low? Was that how you felt?
Amhari: After discussing in depth with Datuk Azlin, it was true that the threats did not come directly from the Prime Minister. It came from Jho Low.
Shafee: Surely, you could just go and ask Najib yourself about those orders? The pressure you were facing, even your blood sugar level dropped. Don’t you agree?
Amhari: I don’t agree.
Shafee Abdullah also questioned Amhari several times why he did not confront Najib whenever he felt threatened or suspicious on an instruction. However, Amhari did not explain his actions but only said that he did not agree.
Yesterday, Amhari chocked and almost burst into tears while reading his written testimony that he had to follow all Najib or Jho Low’s order for he feared that he, his family and his career will be threatened.
According to Amhari, among the orders issued by Najib ‘through Jho Low’ which caused him to feel heavy hearted and there was no choice but to obey them included to represent Malaysia to China. The trip was believed to be made in order to settle 1MDB debt through investment.
Besides that, other instructions included the opening of BSI Bank accounts under Amhari and Datuk Azlin’s name which he alleged was meant for money laundering.
However, today, Amhari testified that Najib was unaware of Jho Low’s instruction for him to open an account in Singapore.
Furthermore, Amhari also admitted that he did not ask Najib about the direction for him to open a banking account in Singapore. He said, unlike the late Datuk Azlin, he was only an ordinary officer. –MalaysiaGazette