Najib’s man asked for copies of bank statements, ex-DPP tells court

Former DPP Dzulkifli Ahmad says Najib Razak’s then private secretary Shukry Mohd Salleh did not tell him why he wanted the bank statements.

KUALA LUMPUR: Former deputy public prosecutor Dzulkifli Ahmad told the Najib Razak SRC International trial that Najib’s then principal private secretary had asked him to provide copies of his bank statements in the possession of the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).

He said Shukry Mohd Salleh made the request on Feb 26, 2016, one month after then attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali had decided to close both the SRC International and RM2.6 billion “donation” cases.

“Yes, I received a call from Tan Sri Shukry, and he said that the (then) prime minister wanted copies of his bank account statements,” Dzulkifli said when questioned by lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah about Shukry’s phone call to him on Feb 26, 2016.

Earlier today, Shukry testified that Najib had instructed him to call Dzulkifli that day to obtain copies of the bank statements.

However, Shukry said he could not recall if Dzulkifli or anyone had passed him the bank statements after the request was made.

Pointing out to Dzulkifli that Najib’s former chief of staff had said this in court, Shafee asked if Dzulkifli had received the call asking for the bank statements.

Dzulkifli, now a lawyer, was initially reluctant to answer the question, saying the matter was under police investigation.

“The police are in the midst of investigating the audio recordings and I was called in to assist the investigation as a witness,” he said, making reference to the nine recordings said to be linked to SRC International and 1MDB dealings.

Dzulkifli said he was, however, prepared to answer if the court compelled him to do so.

High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali said Dzulkifli could answer the lawyer’s question, provided the reply was not false evidence.

Dzulkfli then said he had received a call asking for the documents but that Shukry did not tell him why he wanted them.

He also told the court he was involved in the probe into the SRC International and RM2.6 billion donation cases and that he was instructed to fly to Jakarta with Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers in October 2015 to take former SRC International chief executive Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil’s statement.

“He (Nik Faisal) made the request for an AGC representative to be present to ‘comfort’ him. A warrant of arrest had been issued against Nik Faisal and he was afraid to give his statement to MACC,” Dzulkifli said, adding that MACC had given an assurance they would not arrest Nik Faisal.

Dzulkifli also said Apandi had instructed him to go to Riyadh with MACC officers to investigate four purported donation letters given to Najib by an individual named “Prince Saud Abdulaziz Al-Saud”.

He said the MACC officers recorded statements from Saud and a Malaysian, Tan Kim Loong, during their visit to the “palace”.

Ad hoc prosecutor V Sithambaram said he needed to look through the prosecution’s notes before he could cross-examine Dzulkifli, who once served as MACC chief commissioner.

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

He is also charged with three counts of money laundering and three counts of criminal breach of trust in the transfer of RM42 million to his accounts from the former 1MDB unit.

The hearing continues tomorrow.