‘Jho Low manipulated Najib’

‘Jho Low manipulated Najib’

KUALA LUMPUR: Prosecution witness Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin testified that fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho alias Jho Low may have manipulated former premier, Datuk Seri Najib Razak regarding 1MDB.

He said this while being cross examined by lead defence counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

Shafee: Your own prime minister (Najib) was manipulated by Jho Low?

Amhari: I agree.

Shafee: You agree Jho Low may have manipulated the PM (Najib)?

Amhari: There is a possibility.

Amhari also agreed with Shafee that the portion of his written witness statement which described Jho Low as a master manipulator only referred to Jho Low and not Najib.

Earlier on, he disagreed with Shafee that he cooperated with the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission to avoid criminal charges from the anti graft body.

1MDB’s first CEO Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi is expected to testify today.

Amhari testified at the trial of Najib who is facing 25 charges of receiving RM2.28 billion from 1MDB through Tanore Finance Corp which is owned by a friend of Jho Low.

Of the 25, 21 are for money laundering and the balance four are for power abuse.