KUALA LUMPUR: Anti-graft investigating officer Rosli Hussain was meticulous in his task as he was probing the then nation’s “number one” man, the High Court heard today.
“Moreover, I had to take care of my credibility,” said Rosli, who had been investigating officer with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for almost 25 years.
The 57th prosecution witness said this during cross-examination by Najib Razak’s lawyer Harvinderjit Singh who suggested that he was under pressure by certain quarters.
He also retaliated by telling off the lawyer that he was not in court to narrate “fairy tales”.
“I was assigned to investigate the number one man in a major case. My credibility was also at stake,” he said.
Rosli was appointed investigation officer on July 6, 2015 when Sarawak Report and Asian Wall Street Journal reported four days earlier that millions of ringgit had been deposited in Najib Razak’s bank accounts.
At that time, Najib was then still in office.
The witness said MACC first recorded a statement from former SRC director Suboh Md Yassin in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Nov 27, 2015.
“However, I was uncomfortable with that because it was done overseas and in the presence of a lawyer from Malaysia,” he said.
Moreover, he said Suboh’s statement was recorded when MACC officers were also interviewing fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho in an adjacent room.
“That is the reason I instructed my officer (Raub Ghani) to record Suboh’s statement on May 28 and 30 last year,” he said, adding that it was his own intitative to record the second statement.
The statement was recorded immediately after Suboh returned from a vacation from Jakarta following the conclusion of the 14th general election.
Rosli said Suboh arrived home on May 27 but he was in a wheelchair and the witness requested that he be placed in a hotel for safety reasons.
“We paid for his accommodation before my officers recorded his statements to complete our probe on SRC,” he said.
Harvinderjit’s cross-examination focused on Suboh as the defence is contending that the former SRC director had changed his statements to tally with the prosecution’s narrative.
Suboh had admitted under cross-examination that his signature might have been forged to authorise 17 transactions involving millions of ringgit involving SRC International, Gandingan Mentari Sdn Bhd and Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd.
However, during examination, Suboh told the court that the signatures on the documents were his.
The defence claims Suboh changed his stand after the general election to implicate Najib in wrongdoings.
Najib, 66, is facing three counts of criminal breach of trust, one charge of abusing his position and three counts of money laundering over SRC International Sdn Bhd funds amounting to RM42 million.
The Pekan MP was charged with committing the offences at AmIslamic Bank Bhd on Jalan Raja Chulan and the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya between Aug 17, 2011 and Feb 10, 2015.
The hearing before judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali continues.