‘Najib masterminded sexual harassment allegation against me’

‘Najib masterminded sexual harassment allegation against me’

KUALA LUMPUR: In a shocking expose, former second finance minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said that he believed that former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak masterminded the sexual harassment allegation against him as he had raised concerns over the way state owned fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad was managed.

Najib’s lead defence lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah questioned Husni over a Hansard document on the latter’s speech at Parliament on 24 Oct 2016.

In the speech, Husni had complained that following him raising concerns about the way 1MDB is managed, he was hit by various serious allegations such as graft and a sexual harassment claim by a female staff of his.

Shafee: That is why you are upset?

Husni: Yes.

Shafee: You associate (the sexual harassment claim) with Najib?

Husni: Yes.

Shafee: Sexual harassment (allegation) by your own staff. You think Najib is behind the sexual harassment report against you by your own female staff?

Husni: Yes.

Shafee: There was a police report lodged against you?

Husni: Yes.

Shafee however was unable to delve further into the sexual harassment claim as it was objected by Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk V Sithambaram who said that the claim was scandalous and irrelevant to the case.

Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, lead defence counsel in Najib’s trial.

Shafee countered by stating that his line of questioning was meant to determine Husni’s credibility as a witness.

Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali then ruled in favour of the prosecution.

“On the issue of the sexual allegation, it is scandalous in nature, so I disallow any question on it,” Nazlan said.

Husni also revealed that the Cabinet under Najib administration merely agrees to what ever proposal papers put forth.

“There was no discussion, just table, then agree. It has been a reality of the Cabinet.  When table, agrees. Except for 1MDB, then there were some clashes,” he said in response to a question from Shafee.

Husni is the 56th prosecution witness in Najib’s trial.  Najib is facing three money laundering, three money laundering and power abuse charge over SRC International’s funds amounting to RM42 million.

On Tuesday, he revealed that he was merely an office boy in matters related to SRC International since Najib was autocratic in handling matters concerning that company.

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