Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak took to the witness stand for the primary time on Tuesday to defend himself on criminal charges coupled to a multi-billion greenback scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
Najib is defendant of illicitly receiving $10 million from former 1MDB unit SRC International and was ordered to gift his defence in Nov when a decide dominated prosecutors had with success established a case against him.
He has pleaded acquitted to the fees of criminal breach of trust, concealment and abuse of power within the SRC case.
Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, United Nations agency leads Najib’s defence team, aforementioned in a gap statement before the previous premier’s testimony, that his shopper had no reason to believe that take of any criminal activity were transferred to him.
“(Najib) wasn’t concerned in any corrupt arrangement involving funds of SRC and failed to solicit any bribes from a person,” he said.
Najib, clad in an exceedingly blue suit, took the oath in each English and Malay before beginning to browse from his 243 page-long written testimony in Malay.
His testimony, in an exceedingly question and answer format, began with however he discovered 1MDB in 2009 and the way the fugitive Malaysian financier Jho Low, aforementioned to be at the centre of the scandal, came to be related to the fund.
“[Low] depicted himself as somebody prestigious within the geographic area countries United Nations agency I believed was ready to facilitate investments and partnerships between them,” Najib aforementioned, speaking sedately and deliberately to a packed court.
Low has been charged in Malaya and also the us over the alleged thieving from 1MDB. Low has denied any wrongdoing. His whereabouts square measure unknown.
The us Department of Justice has aforementioned concerning $4.5 billion siphoned from 1MDB was employed by Low and his associates to shop for a yacht, a personal jet, furthermore as sculptor paintings, jewellery, and property.
Najib, United Nations agency unexpectedly lost a election last year, is currently facing dozens of graft and concealment charges over allegations that he received concerning $1 billion in 1MDB funds. He has pleaded acquitted to all or any the fees.
If guilty, Najib, 66, may face hefty fines and jail terms starting from fifteen to twenty years on every charge.