Muhammad Shafee Abdullah
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 29 -- Fugitive businessman Jho Low (formally known as Low Taek Jho) was akin to a fox taking care of a chicken, defence counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah alleged in the High Court today, during the 28th day of the corruption trial against former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Muhammad Shafee made the claim after Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi, the ninth witness for the prosecution and former chief executive officer of sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), testified that he (Shahrol Azral) had gone back and forth between Najib who was chairman of the 1MDB board of advisers, Jho Low and the 1MDB board of directors.
These actions of Shahrol Azral, 49, were in reference to the valuation of the assets of PetroSaudi International Ltd (PSI), in connection with a joint venture between 1MDB and PSI.
During the cross-examination, Shahrol Azral said that after a meeting with Najib on Oct 16, 2009, he had gone to see Jho Low to get the minutes of the meeting and went back to the 1MDB board of directors.
Muhammad Shafee: Was I wrong in saying that Jho Low was a fox taking care of a chicken
Shahrol Azral: He was in a way, facilitating the misappropriation from 1MDB. I think it may be worth knowing that in 2016, Good Star Ltd (a company owned by Jho Low) sent some money to Red Granite Pictures (a company owned by Najib’s stepson, Riza Aziz).
Muhammad Shafee: Why did you go to Red Granite We will get to that later. Let’s concentrate on what you did. Do not get into anybody else’s problem.
Najib, 66, faces four charges of using his position to obtain bribes totalling RM2.3 billion from 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.
Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah presided over today's proceedings, with senior deputy public prosecutor and former Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram leading the prosecution.
Hearing continues tomorrow.