MACC’s investigation verified donation from Saudi royal family – Dzulkifli

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Former Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 05 DECEMBER 2018 SRC International Najib Razak donation Saudi Arabia
Former Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 05 DECEMBER 2018

By Kasthuri Jeevendran

KUALA LUMPUR – The SRC International Sdn Bhd trial today is shocked by the revelation by the 15th witness, Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad who said that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) tried to charge Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in 2015.

Dzulkifli was the then Chief Commissioner of MACC during the investigation of the RM2.3 billion fund.

According to him, he was very shocked by the suggestion of MACC which wanted to press charged on Najib, the then Prime Minister under Section 403 of the Penal Code for criminal breach of trust.

Besides that, the MACC also planned to charge Najib under Section 23 of the MACC Act, based on the early findings by MACC on the investigation papers on the RM2.6. billion fund and RM42 million from SRC International Sdn Bhd. The papers were submitted to the then Attorney-General, Tan Sri Apandi Ali in January 2016.

However, the former Deputy Public Prosecutor in the Attorney-General’s Chamber (AGC) was satisfied and returned the investigation papers after the it proved that the RM2.3 billion was a donation from the royal family of Saudi Arabia.

“I was shocked by the MACC suggested that he, who is also the Prime Minister should be charged under Section 403 and Section 23 of the MACC Act.

“We have passed the investigation papers on the early findings on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad funds and the RM42 million belonging to SRC International. I then set-up a special team along from the MACC and the Attorney-General’s Chamber.

“Our investigation focussed on if Najib committed embezzlement besides studying how far he knew about the scandal.

“We also wanted to know if he knew such amount of money was deposited into his personal accounts and if he had ordered for such thing.

“But, after the investigation was completed, we, the MACC and the Attorney-General’s Chamber were happy with the result which could prove that he was not related to the misconduct. The case was later classified as No Further Action (NFA),” he said during the cross-examination with defence counsel, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah before High Court Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.

Dzulkifli also revealed that the MACC and the AGC had took the initiative by recording statements from various parties including Najib, the Saudi Arabian royal family, Low Taek Jho or Jho Low and several other individuals implicated with the scandal.

“In my opinion, based on those statements, it was proven that the RM2.3 billion was not from 1MDB, but donation from Saudi Arabia. To me, that was a done deal,” he said.

The proceeding will continue tomorrow morning and Shafee hinted that Najib’s defence trial may end this week. -MalaysiaGazette

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