Who dared to forge PM’s signature?

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Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was greeted by his supporters when he arrived 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 was greeted by his supporters when he arrived 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 –  Deputy Public Prosecutor V Sithambaram questioned Datuk Seri Najib Razak who often told the court that his signature could potentially be manipulated and forged, on who in SRC International Sdn Bhd would dare and could do so.

Nevertheless, the former Prime Minister said that he did not know who has the ability to do so for all transactions, especially the fund transfer of the company.

Sithambaram: You told the court many times that your signature could be manipulated. Now, I want to ask you, who in that company has the capacity to manipulate your signature?

Najib: I don’t know.

Before answering that question, Najib said that he was not the only one who made such allegation.

Prosecution witness, former Director of SRC International Sdn Bhd, Datuk Suboh Md Yassin also said that he would not deny the possibility that his signature was forged by the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil in the letter authorising the transfer of money in two banking accounts of its subsidiaries.

Earlier, Najib alleged that the document could be forged as he was not given any minutes of meeting from SRC International to be signed.

When asked if he had appointed any experts to examine the authenticity of his signature on the documents, Najib said, he could not remember the exact time as the prosecution on him was ongoing.

The argument on the authenticity of the former Prime Minister’s signature erupted when he revealed that his signature was forged on the minutes of meeting of the SRC International shareholders.

However, Najib said that he did not lodge any police report on the matter but he also raised the issue to his defence counsel.

Sithambaram: Did you inform your defence counsel that the alleged document which contained your forged signature should not exist?

Najib: Yes, we discussed about it. Yes.

Sithambaram: As the document should not exist, did you lodge a police report?

Najib: No. The trial was ongoing.

Recently, the prosecution team made an application to challenge the credibility of Najib for giving different version of statements to the MACC and the court on several documents related to SRC International.

Najib doubted the authenticity of the signature which looked like his own on the papers.

Nevertheless, the court has rejected the application by the prosecution to trial Najib in the proceeding. According to Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali, the discrepancy could be forgiven and the former Prime Minister has given his explanation on the matter. -MalaysiaGazette

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