Najib did not return SRC International’s money due to ongoing investigation

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Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court for his SRC International Sdn Bhd trial. PIX: NOOREEZA HASHIM / MalaysiaGazette / 07 JANUARY 2020
Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court for his SRC International Sdn Bhd trial.PIX: NOOREEZA HASHIM / MalaysiaGazette / 07 JANUARY 2020

By Shawaliah Hadir

KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Najib Razak said that he did not return the RM42 million from SRC International Sdn Bhd which was deposited into his account as investigation was ongoing.

Although he was shocked with the deposit, the former Prime Minister said that he could not return the money before the investigation was completed.

Following is the cross-examination between Deputy Public Prosecutor V Sithambaram and Najib.

Sithambaram: Shamsul said that you were shocked when it (RM42 million) was paid to your account.

Najib: Yes.

Sithambaram: If that’s the case, the logical thing to do was to return the money.

Najib: It would depend on the investigation.

The Managing Director of Ihsan Perdana, Dr Shamsul Anwar Sulaiman, the witness of the trial told the court last year that Najib was shocked after he was being informed that SRC’s money was deposited into his account.

Earlier, Najib said that he did not know that a total of RM42 million from SRC International has been deposited into his accounts in 2014 and 2015.

Najib: As what I said, it was deposited into my account, without my knowledge. It was very obvious. At that time, I did not know that the money belonged to SRC and it came to me through mediums. I did not know that it was SRC’s money when it happened. -MalaysiaGazette

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