KUALA LUMPUR – The eight witness of the 1Malaysia Development (1MDB) trial made a shocking confession that he was paid thousands of dollars by Jho Low.
Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin told the court that the fugitive businessman gave him ‘pocket money’ each time the witness travelled overseas during official visits with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Amhari, the former Special Officer to Najib when he was the Prime Minister said that during was being asked by defence counsel, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah numerous times if Jho Low gave him money.
Amhari further said that Jho Low insisted to give him those money although in reality, he also received special allowance for overseas trip from the government.
According to Amhari, he got thousands of dollars from Jho Low when he followed the work visit to the United States of America and London, where Jho Low was also present during those visits.
Shafee: Besides the USD200,000 you said was loaned from Jho Low to you, has he given you other money?
Amhari: Yes. I received money from him when I follow the Prime Minister abroad on official duties.
Shafee: How much did he give you?
Amhari: Err… I don’t remember.
Shafee: Too much that you can’t remember anything?
Amhari: Maybe a few thousands of dollars when I visited New York and London.
Shafee: Did Jho Low give the pocket money to other officers too? Did he give them openly?
Amhari: As far as I remember, no. He did not do it openly.
Other than that confession, Amhari also revealed how he was being invited to a private discussion at the residence of Jho Low in Jalan Kia Peng.
That confession also caused the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to search Jho Low’s house last year.
According to Amhari, he visited Jho Low’s residence twice and was brought to the kitchen where there was a white board for Jho Low to sketch their discussions on the Terengganu Investment Authority (TIA). –MalaysiaGazette