KUALA LUMPUR: A former chief monetary officer of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) informed the High Court that he would have paid his money owed if he was certainly in management of the funds of the corporate.
Azmi Tahir, 48, stated this when he was requested in regards to the management of the corporate’s funds throughout cross-examination by defence counsel Datuk Hariharan Tara Singh in the RM2.28bil 1MDB trial involving former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday.
The twelfth prosecution witness stated though he was the chief monetary officer (CFO), it didn’t imply he was in management of every single sen of the corporate as he was not concerned in all of the transactions in 1MDB.
“If it was entirely up to me, I would definitely pay the debts,” Azmi stated.
Earlier, the defence advised to Azmi that because the CFO, he was in charge of 1MDB’s funds, however this was refuted by Azmi who stated he was “not entirely in control”.
Hariharan: Do you agree that as co-signatory and because the chief of finance in 1MDB, in the end, you had been accountable?
Azmi: I used to be performing below instruction. I didn’t make these choices myself.
The witness agreed that he had by no means taken directions pertaining to the corporate straight from Najib.
The courtroom additionally heard from the witness that he didn’t know why he was not charged in courtroom over the scandal involving the sovereign wealth fund.
Hariharan: Do you agree there are not any prison fees levelled in opposition to you?
Azmi: As far as I do know, no.
Hariharan: You agree, you had been the co-signatory in addition to a director of a subsidiary, you had been in charge of releasing the funds but there are not any prison fees in opposition to you.
Azmi: I don’t know why there is no such thing as a prison charge.
Hariharan: But your deputy (Terence Geh) was charged.
Azmi: I don’t know the specifics of the charge.
The witness additionally stated that he didn’t know the main points of the prosecution in opposition to the corporate’s former normal counsel Jasmine Loo Ai Swan, who was charged with cash laundering involving US$5.99mil (about RM25mil).
Hariharan: You affirm she was a former authorized counsel for 1MDB and labored below you?
Azmi: She was the previous normal counsel however she didn’t work below me. We labored each time it was mandatory.
Hariharan: Are you conscious that Low Taek Jho was additionally charged?
Azmi: I heard, in normal, that he was charged.
In 2018, fugitive businessman Low, higher often called Jho Low, was charged a number of occasions in absentia in relation to 1MDB.
Geh and Loo, who’re nonetheless at massive, have been charged with a number of offences, additionally referring to 1MDB.
Najib, 68, is going through 4 fees of utilizing his place to acquire bribes totalling RM2.28bil from 1MDB funds and 21 fees of cash laundering involving the identical quantity.The listening to continues at present earlier than Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah.