SRC International: Shafee, Latheefa argued at court

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Latheefa Koya Shafee Abdullah Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court for his SRC International Sdn Bhd trial. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 09 MARCH 2020
Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court for his SRC International Sdn Bhd trial. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 09 MARCH 2020

By Kasthuri Jeevendran

KUALA LUMPUR – The SRC International Sdn Bhd trial which entered its 89th day saw the 13th defence witness, former Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Latheefa Koya in a heated argument with defence counsel, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah during the cross-examination session.

Latheefa was calm in answering questions at the beginning. However, she changed tone when the questions on the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) of communication interception and the disclosure of phone recording between the former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak with several other individuals in January were asked.

Shafee, who led Najib’s defence team started questioning the government’s efforts in recovering RM4 billion belonging to the Retirement Funds Incorporated (KWAP) which was loaned to SRC International.

The fund was frozen by BSI Ltd, Lugano in Switzerland.

Besides that, Latheefa also felt unease and lost her patience when Shafee questioned the ‘motive’ for freezing the funds.

Najib is accused for power abuse and money laundering of RM42 million belonging to SRC International.

Shafee: Do you know about the RM4 billion frozen by the BSI Bank?

Latheefa: Not in details but more on general information.

Shafee: Do you know anything about the allegation that allegedly RM4 billion was transferred to Switzerland? Did you investigate on what happened to the RM4 billion?

Latheefa: Yes, only general information. Besides that, the case happened before I took over as the Chief Commissioner of MACC.

Shafee: Aren’t you interested to know about that?

Latheefa: Not just the RM4 billion. We a also want to know about the other funds related to 1MDB, SRC International and where the assets went. We are interested not only on the money in Switzerland, but also in London or the United States.

We are actually in the process of recovering those monies.

Latheefa then took a deep breath before asking why she was being questioned on irrelevant questions.

Latheefa: Why am I being questioned like this? Am I not the defence witness? So, why did you ask these things?

Besides that, isn’t the issue was about the recording, so, why did you ask me about other things?

Shafee: It is not your right to question. Let the Judge determine. Do not jump.

Latheefa: I cannot reveal information as I wish on a case which is still under investigation. It will interfere the investigation. I can’t. I don’t understand.

Latheefa’s voice changed at that moment. She seemed uneased and started to be displease with the way she was questioned as a witness.

Shafee looked slightly irritated and wanted to end the cross-examination.

Shafee: Your Honour, I have nothing to ask this witness. She behaves like a kid. She refused to answer my questions. Although she is my witness, I don’t want to question her anymore.

We have the former Attorney-General (Tan Sri Tommy Thomas) who was brave enough to talk about the money in BSI bank during the early prosecution but it is weird that this former Chief Commissioner refused to answer my question. Enough. I can nothing to ask.

The court then released Latheefa and called upon the next witness, former Attorney-General, Tan Sri Apandi Ali as the 14th defence witness before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali. –MalaysiaGazette

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