MACC reveals audio clips showing Najib, gov’t officials link to SRC International

MACC reveals audio clips showing Najib, gov’t officials link to SRC International

PUTRAJAYA: The MACC today revealed that it has received eight audio recordings, detailing alleged corrupt acts perpetrated by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Speaking at a press conference at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya, its chief commissioner Latheefa Koya said that the phone calls were related to the SRC International Sdn Bhd scandal.

“We have audio recordings of seven phone calls. The calls were made in 2016 and dates are Jan 5, Jan 17, Jan 22, Feb 26, July 22, July 22 (11.33pm), July 23 (2.49am), July 27 (12.46am) and July 29 (12.14am,” she said.

Latheefa also mentioned the big names involved in the calls which were Najib and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

“The other names mentioned were Dzulkilfi, Azeez Rahim, CP Sy Muhamad Al Nahyan Al Maktoum, Amhari and Kaldoun,” she said.

However, she acknowledged that she does not have their full names yet but stressed that the audio recordings contained elements of abuse of power and criminal breach of trust.

She added that while it is believed that the Amhari mentioned could be Datuk Amhari Effendi Nazaruddin, who was Najib’s special officer then.

The Dzulkilfi mentioned was none other than former MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad.

Pressed on who produced the audio recordings to the MACC, Latheefa declined to name the whistleblower citing security reasons.

“We need to protect our source for now. However, we have checked the audio clips and they were found to be authentic,” she said.

Najib, who is also Pekan MP, is currently facing trial at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on charges of embezzling funds worth RM42 million from SRC International.

Elaborating further, Latheefa said that the MACC decided to reveal the clips to the media as it was a matter of public interest.

She also said that MACC would send the recordings to the police for further action.

“I have instructed my team to take all necessary actions needed and we will hand over the evidence to other agencies for further probe,” said Latheefa.

Meanwhile, Najib when met at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today said he was shocked by the expose, which featured him conspiring with a public prosecutor.

“I’m studying its contents. This has never happened in history. I will consult my lawyers,” he said, adding that the expose may have been made due to the upcoming Kimanis by-election.

By Uqbah Soperi and G Vinod