Najib trial told of RM3.3 mil purchase from Swiss jeweller

MACC investigating officer Rosli Hussain says ‘letter of gratitude’ was never raised during the investigations.

KUALA LUMPUR: The investigating officer in Najib Razak’s SRC International Sdn Bhd corruption and criminal breach of trust trial told the High Court today that a purported letter from a family member of a former Qatari minister was never raised during the investigations.

Rosli Hussain of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said this when asked by Najib’s lawyer, Farhan Read, on a purchase from Swiss jeweller de Grisogono in Italy five years ago.

Farhan also showed Rosli a “letter of gratitude” by Noor Abdulaziz Abdulla Turki Al-Subaie to Rosmah Mansor dated Aug 15, 2014.

“I have never seen the letter and it was never raised by Rosmah when her statement was taken,” he said, referring to Najib’s wife.

Rosli also told the court that Najib had said during the recording of his statement that the jewellery purchase was for a foreign leader.

“That was what he claimed,” he said.

He said Najib’s AmBank credit card records showed that he spent RM3.3 million at de Grisogono in Italy on Aug 8, 2014.

Previously, Najib had taken to Facebook and said that his credit card was used to purchase gifts for a member of the royal family, saying it was the norm to present gifts to foreign dignitaries.

The prosecution had sought to compel Najib to apologise for his Facebook comments on grounds that they were sub-judice.

However, the application was later withdrawn.

Najib is facing six charges of money laundering and criminal breach of trust in the transfer of RM42 million to his account from SRC International, a former unit of 1MDB.

He is also accused of abusing his power as prime minister by giving government guarantees on SRC International’s RM4 billion loan from Retirement Fund Inc.

The hearing continues before High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.