By Aathi Shankar
It’s shocking that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) failed to nail Low Thaek Jho or Jho Low as the prime suspect behind all financial manipulations involving Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s private accounts in Ambank.
The MACC decided to let free Jho Low despite evidence and testimonies by key witnesses pointing at the fugitive businessman as the main manipulator.
MACC investigating officer (IO) SAC Rosli Hussain told the Kuala Lumpur High Court that he did not see Jho Low as the main lead to crack open the financial conspiracy that was executed behind the former premier’s back.
“Jho Low did not benefit from all the transactions,” justified the 57th prosecution witness before Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali today, Thursday, 22 August, 2019, over his shoddy investigation.
The IO testified during the cross-examination on the 55th hearing day of the trial that “Najib benefitted from the transactions”, hence his failure to nab Jho Low as the prime suspect.
Testimonies by key witnesses Ambank’s ex-managing director Cheah Tek Kuang and former relationship manager Joanna Yu Ging Ping, plus digital evidence from a Blackberry Messenger, however, showed that Jho Low was the main plotter who manipulated and misused Najib’s private bank accounts.
The defence team has also managed to establish that all the financial manipulations were executed without Najib’s knowledge.
But Rosli and MACC decided to drop the investigation on Jho Low, whose witness statement was recorded together with former SRC International director Datuk Suboh Mohd Yassin in Abu Dhabi on October 2015.
Alas, the MACC failed to find out the whole truth behind the financial scandal.
The anti-graft agency’s target was to persecute Najib?
Rosli also confirmed that Najib had received cash donations from Saudi Arabia’s Prince Faisal Turki and Finance Ministry.
Najib was confirmed to have received USD300 million from Prince Faisal and USD100 million from the Saudi Finance Minister before the 13th General Election.
Pekan MP Najib currently faces 7 corruption charges involving RM42 million of SRC International funds.
The charges were 3 each for CBT under Section 409 of the Penal Code and money laundering under Section 4 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities (AMLA) Act 2001, and 1 for abuse of power under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009.
Najib, 66, was charged with committing the offences at AmIslamic Bank Bhd in Jalan Raja Chulan and the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya between Aug 17, 2011, and Feb 10, 2015.