IP on SRC submitted directly to AG: High Court told

27 Aug 2019 / 19:00 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here was told today that the investigation paper (IP) on SRC International Sdn Bhd was submitted directly to then Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali without going through the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) deputy public prosecutor (DPP) because it was a special case.

MACC Senior Assistant Commissioner (Special Operations Division) Rosli Husain, 54, said this when questioned by lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who represents former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, who is facing seven charges of misappropriation of SRC funds amounting to RM42 million.

Today is the 58th day of the trial.

Rosli, who is the 57th prosecution witness, said none of the DPP at MACC looked through the IP on SRC prior to it being handed over to Mohamed Apandi in 2015 and 2016.

When asked how certain was he about it, Rosli said he, himself, submitted the IP to Mohamed Apandi because it was a special case.

Muhammad Shafee: I put it to you that it is not true because I had interviewed a few DPP from MACC?

Rosli: After the investigation paper was minuted by the MACC special operations division director Datuk Bahri Mohd Zin, I submitted it to the Attorney-General on Dec 31, 2015, and it was returned to MACC on Jan 18, 2016. We responded on Jan 22, 2016, and I sent it directly to the Attorney General’s Chambers. I didn’t go through any DPP.

Questioned whether DPP Datuk Anthony Kevin Morais, who was murdered in 2015, was involved in the investigation in the SRC case, Rosli said no.

To another question by Muhammad Shafee on whether Kevin Morais was involved in the investigation on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) case, Rosli said he did not know, but DPP Datuk V. Sithambaram, who prosecuted, objected to the question on grounds that it was not relevant to the SRC case.

However, Muhammad Shafee said the question was necessary to clear his client of the allegation that he (Najib) was involved in Kevin Morais’ murder as the DPP was involved in the SRC investigation.

Rosli concurred with Muhammad Shafee that through the IP made in 2015, several names were proposed for prosecution for criminal breach of trust of SRC funds.

They included former SRC CEO Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil and its former director Datuk Suboh Md Yassin.

Rosli said there were also suggestions to prosecute Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd (IPSB) managing director Datuk Dr Shamsul Anwar Sulaiman and its financial director Abdul Aziz Ismail under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

It is for an offence involving the transfer of RM27 million, RM5 million and RM10 million into Najib’s accounts between December 2014 and February 2015, he added.

Najib, 66, is facing three counts of criminal breach of trust, one count of abusing his position and three counts of money laundering involving SRC funds amounting to RM42 million.

The hearing before judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali continues on Oct 22 for both parties to submit their oral submission. — Bernama

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