By Aathi Shankar
Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin received more than USD1 million from notorious fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low.
However, the former special officer to Datuk Seri Najib Razak “conveniently could not remember” how much more money he had received from Jho Low.
The 42-year-old is the 8th prosecution witness in the ongoing former Prime Minister Najib’s trial pertaining to 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB) at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.
Amhari was previously revealed to have received USD200,000 in 2010 and USD800,000 in 2015 from Jho Low.
During cross examination by Najib’s defence team today, Wednesday, September 18, 2019, he admitted to have received much more funds from Jho Low.
But he could remember the exact amount that Jho Low had gifted him.
Amhari also testified before Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah that Jho Low had always fully sponsored his travel expenses and accommodations whenever he went on a trip.
On another question, Amhari claimed that he dare not report about Jho Low or verify any of his instructions with Najib because he was a junior government staff.
He said this when the defence put to him that he had plenty of opportunities to talk to Najib in private about Jho Low and his manipulations.
But Amhari claimed that he had talked about it to Najib’s former principal private secretary, the late Datuk Azlin Alias.
Former Prime Minister Najib is facing four charges of having used his positions to obtain gratification and 21 counts of money laundering involving some RM2.3 billion in 1MDB funds.
The Pekan MP has allegedly committed gratification offences at the AmIslamic Bank Berhad, at No.55, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Ceylon here between Feb 24, 2011 and Dec 19, 2014.
For the money laundering charges, Najib is alleged to have committed the offences at the same bank between March 22, 2013 and Aug 30, 2013.