Former Chief Executive Officer of 1MDB, Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi arrives at the trial of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) involving former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 07 OCTOBER 2019
Former Chief Executive Officer of 1MDB, Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi arrives at the trial of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) involving former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 07 OCTOBER 2019

By Kasthuri Jeevendran

KUALA LUMPUR – Following irregular weather, the ninth witness of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) requested for the proceedings to be delayed due to health reasons.

The former Chief Executive Officer of 1MDB Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi said that he was feeling unwell and could not carry on giving his testimony in the evening.

“I don’t feel right. With the weather condition, I don’t feel fit enough to attend the trial in the evening,” he told High Court Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah,

Collin: What’s wrong with you? You cannot go on?

Shahrol: Yes. I really cannot go on for today.

Collin: Alright. We’ll continue next Monday. Court adjourn.

Earlier, Shahrol revealed that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mubadala Development from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak agreed to be a member of the 1MDB Board of Advisory in 2010.

Besides that, Shahrol also admitted to having a private meeting with the Chairman and CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton SE, Bernard Arnault in Paris.

LVMH is the biggest luxury goods company in the world while Arnault is among the wealthiest and most influential investor in Europe.

“Verbally, Arnault agreed to be in the BOA,” he said.

Shahrol also confirmed that fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low  was the individual who suggested Arnault to be loop into 1MDB.

“The suggestion of Arnault’s name came from Jho Low, he said, Najib agreed to it. Jho Low told me that while studying the process of signing appointment and confirmation letters during the Board of Directors Meeting,” he said during the cross-examination with defence counsel, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

However, when asked if Shahrol personally seek verification with Najib on the matter, the witness only gave a brief, no.

The trial was then adjourned to next Monday. -MalaysiaGazette

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