KUALA LUMPUR – The 15th witness, Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad mentioned ‘slander’ several times during the SRC International Sdn Bhd trial involving former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today.
The former Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) also looked serious when the Deputy Public Prosecutor, Datuk V. Sithambaram accused him for trying to protect Najib when he was the Prime Minister in 2016.
At times, Dzulkifli seemed to lose his cool for being repeatedly accused by Sithambaram during the trial which entered its 91st day at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.
The Deputy Public Prosecutor also suggested to the witness that trying to charge Najib under Section 403 of the Penal Code and an alternative charge under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009 was merely a drama by the MACC and the Attorney-General’s Chamber (AGC).
Sithambaram then accused the MACC and AGC for clearing Najib’s name by ordering no further action (NFA) for that case.
Sithambaram: I suggest to you that it was merely a drama as the decision was already made to not charge Najib?
Dzulkifli: That is a slander. It is not true at all.
Further explanation on the papers based on further investigation was very important to determine if the case can be proven or the otherwise in the element of the suggested prosecution.
Sithambaram: Tan Sri, it is my right to ask, you only need to answer yes or no.
Dzulkifli: Yes. I am answering your question. That is a slander. I only wanted to explain further on the charges.
Sithambaram: So, it is not true? That’s what you said?
Dzulkifli: Yes, not true.
Sithambaram: Further explanation by the MACC was nothing more than a cover up for Najib? Agree or not?
Dzulkifli: That’s not true. That is a slander against the prosecution team.
Sithambaram: The NFA decision for SRC, 1MDB cases was based on the statements until 26 January 2016?
Dzulkifli: Yes, as of 26 January 2016.
Meanwhile, Dzulkifli, who is also a former Deputy Public Prosecutor at the AGC before his appointment as the Chief Commissioner of MACC revealed that they had lined up four directors from the SRC International to be prosecuted
The list included the former Chief Executive Officer of SRC International Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil; Company Director Datuk Suboh Md. Yassin and two directors from SRC whom he could not recall their names.
According to Dzulkifli, the money deposited into Najib’s account could not be considered as an offence.
“The deposits do not necessary mean that it was a crime, unless it was done with knowledge and mala fide or mens rea,” he insisted during the cross-examination by defence counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah before High Court Judge Mohd. Nazlan Mohd. Ghazali. –MalaysiaGazette