Kevin Morais murder: Accused denies lying, making up accusations against Najib

Former DPP Kevin Morais.

KUALA LUMPUR: The seventh accused in the murder of deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Anthony Kevin Morais today denied that all the testimony he had given during the defence proceedings in the High Court here were lies or made up.

S Ravi Chandaran, 47, who is also the sixth defence witness, disagreed that he was in a “desperate situation” and that was why he had dragged in a lawyer and former prime minister Najib Razak in the case.

Ravi said this during cross-examination by DPP Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin on the 25th day of the defence proceedings today.

Wan Shaharuddin: You were arrested on Sept 15, 2015? On the way back to your ‘hometown’ (in Kedah)?

Ravi: Yes.

Wan Shaharuddin: When arrested, all the police asked was about this murder?

Ravi: Yes.

Wan Shaharuddin: If you wanted to reveal something, it was the earliest chance you had (to tell the real story).

Ravi: Yes.

Wan Shaharuddin: Did you reveal everything to the police?

Ravi: No, I did not mention a lot of things.

Wan Shaharuddin: You did not mention a lot of things because the things you said in court are lies and made-up stories.

Ravi: I disagree.

Wan Shaharuddin: If you’re innocent, you had a chance to tell everything on Sept 15.

Ravi: I disagree.

Wan Shaharuddin: By everything, I mean the events surrounding the murder of Kevin Morais, the involvement of the lawyer representing the first accused and Datuk Seri Najib. You did not reveal this (earlier) because the things you told the court did not happen.

Ravi: I disagree.

Wan Shaharuddin: You are now desperate to drag in just about anyone with you (into the case), for you’re actually the mastermind, along with (pathologist) Colonel Dr R Kunaseegaran in the murder of Kevin Morais, so much so you were willing to implicate lawyers N Sivananthan and Geethan Ram Vincent.

Ravi: I disagree.

The accused also disagreed with Wan Shaharuddin’s suggestion that the four other accused, R Dinishwaran, AK Thinesh Kumar, M Vishwanath; and S Nimalan were the henchmen of Kunaseegaran and himself.

In a previous proceeding, Ravi admitted that he had lodged a police report claiming that the former prime minister had offered RM3.5 million through a prison official to plead guilty to killing Kevin Morais.

In the police report, he also claimed that Kevin Morais’s brother, Richard Morais, had offered him RM2 million for the same purpose, while in court, during his testimony, he said Kunaseegaran had offered RM1.5 million to plead guilty as well.

Dinishwaran, Thinesh Kumar, Vishwanath, Nimalan, Ravi and Kunaseegaran all pleaded not guilty to the charge of killing Kevin Morais on the way from Jalan Dutamas 1, Sentul to No 1 Jalan USJ 1/6D, Subang Jaya, between 7am and 8pm, on Sept 4, 2015, under Section 302 of the Penal Code and read together with Section 34 of the same Act, which carries the mandatory death sentence, if convicted.

Dinishwaran, 26, Thinesh Kumar, 25, Vishwanath; 28, Nimalan, 25, and Ravi are represented by lawyer V Rajehgopal while Kunaseegaran, 55, is represented by counsel Sivananthan. The prosecution is led by DPP Saiful Edris Zainuddin.

The trial before Judge Azman Abdullah continues on Oct 26.