1MDB trial: Don’t try to be funny – Shafee

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Najib's lawyer, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 13 SEPTEMBER 2018

By Kasthuri Jeevendran

KUALA LUMPUR – Cynically, Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi said that he has answered the same question four times during the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial at the High Court today.

Nevertheless, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, defence counsel to former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was very focussed and aggressive during the cross-examination and warned Shahrol not to ‘try to be funny’.

Muhammad Shafee: Don’t try to be funny here or I will be funny with you.

Shahrol: No.

Muhammad Shafee was querying Shahrol on the Terengganu Investment Authority (TIA) meeting which took place at the Parliament on 30 June 2009, which was also attended by the representative of the then Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Wan Ismail Wan Nik, the representative of Terengganu’s Menteri Besar Incorporated (MBI) and Shahrol himself.

During the meeting, the representative of Yang di-Pertuan Agong questioned the role played by fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low in TIA’s dealings.

Earlier, the eight witness of the 1MDB trial, Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin said that the officer from the palace was concerned if the name of the Sultan of Terengganu was misused by irresponsible parties.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Shafee also suggested that Shahrol was merely soprammobile or a ‘table decoration’ in 1MDB as almost all roles were played by Jho Low after Shahrol told him that he always trusted Jho Low even without checking.

Shahrol also described Jho Low as consigliere or advisor to Najib by ensuring everything run in order for the former Prime Minister.

The word consigliere is believed to be referred to a trusted advisor of a mafia

Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah also took the opportunity to remind Muhammad Shafee to ensure Najib to be on time. -MalaysiaGazette

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