KUALA LUMPUR – The sixth defence witness of the SRC International Sdn Bhd trial, Datuk Seri Anifah Aman brought laughter to the court right after he took his oath this morning.
Clad in dark coat, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs looked cheerful when he met the media practitioners and the public at the lobby of the court.
Right after he took his oath, he was asked about his current occupation, to which Anifah said nonchalantly, “Jobless,” which brought almost everyone in the gallery to laughter, including High Court Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.
The former Member of Parliament of Kimanis would be testifying about the relationship with the former King of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah, whom he knew when he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2009 until 2018.
Besides that, Anifah is predicted to testify about the crucial meeting planned at the palace in Riyadh between King Abdullan and former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on 11 January 2010.
Among the agenda of the said meeting was to discuss about the fund donation from Saudi and the political turmoil in Muslim countries which caused the Arab Spring in 2010.
Najib entered his defence on the seven charges related to RM42 million belonging to SRC International Sdn Bhd. He is charged for three counts of criminal breach of trust, three counts of money laundering and one count of power abuse.
The defence proceeding which started on 3 December last year had called upon Najib, former Ambank Manager Krystle Yap, former Secretary-General of Treasury Tan Sri Irwan Serigar as the defence witnesses.
Last Monday, former Malaysian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Datuk Syed Omar Syed Mohammad Al-Saggaf and former Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom also stood as witnesses.
Besides them, the lead defence counsel of Najib, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee said that the defence will make an application for the investigating officer of the case who had testified earlier to take the stand again.
According to Shafee, the statements recorded by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) involved several individuals who are still at large, including the former Chief Executive Officer of SRC, Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil. -MalaysiaGazette