Lawyer denies PM admitted receiving RM42m from SRC

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s lawyer has refuted a report claiming that his client admitted to getting RM42 million from SRC International in his private account.

“We never said so,” Datuk Hafarizam Harun told Malay Mail Online today, when asked about the report by news portal The Malaysian Insider that said Najib had made such an admittance in a statement filed on January 12 through the Hafarizam Wan & Aisha Mubarak firm.

According to Najib’s statement of reply in his defamation suit against former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, what was only “admitted” was the “deposited funds amounting to RM42 million into the account of the plaintiff through AmPrivate Banking”. SRC International was not specified.

“However, the plaintiff at all material times has no knowledge that it was channeled through two intermediaries as alleged by the defendants. Therefore, the defendant is required to prove it,” said the statement.

Hafarizam told Malay Mail Online: “Never did we say it’s SRC”.

Najib’s statement of reply was in response to Dr Ling’s defence, who said that reports by Wall Street Journal and Sarawak Report quoting government investigation documents had disclosed this: “Another set of funds totalling RM42 million were transferred from SRC into the personal bank account of the plaintiff through AmPrivate Banking via 2 intermediaries, namely, Gandingan Mentari and Ihsan Perdana”.

According to Najib’s statement of reply, the prime minister had denied receiving money from others in his personal account in a wrongful manner.

The statement sighted by Malay Mail Online also showed Najib reserving his right to provide further explanations to the defence on the US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) and RM42 million transfers pending investigations by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the police, Bank Negara, and the Attorney-General’s Chambers among others.

“The plaintiff duly respects the integrity of the ongoing investigations and has given full cooperation as required by the law. The plaintiff does not intend to override the ongoing investigations and let them carry out a proper investigation, and make known of the outcome thereafter.

“Without prejudice to the right of the plaintiff to provide further explanations in this reply to the defence due to the fact that the investigations are still ongoing, and the plaintiff vehemently denied that he had received monies belonging to others than the plaintiff into his personal bank account which was improper and wrong as pleaded by the defendant in paragraph 20,” said Najib.

Specifically on the alleged RM42 million transfer from SRC International, former subsidiary of state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad, Najib said in his statement of reply that he would “respect the process and the integrity of ongoing investigations” by the MACC by not giving a response for the time being pending the probe.

“Pending investigation and decision of this investigation, the plaintiff vehemently denies any allegations of misconduct as alleged by the defendant. Further details will be provided upon the completion of the investigations by all the above mentioned agencies,” he said.

The MACC has said that the US$700 million transfer into Najib’s personal account was a donation from Middle Eastern donors that it did not name.

Source – http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/lawyer-denies-pm-admitted-to-receiving-rm42m-from-src#sthash.EXss2hHn.dpuf

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