In Najib’s SRC trial, law firm says handed RM2.5m cheque for ‘defence contract’ by Habibul Rahman

25-Apr-2019 Intellasia | Malay Mail | 6:18 AM Print This Post

The Zulqarnain & Co law firm received a RM2.5 million cheque for an unspecified defence contract in 2015 from Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the High Court heard today.

Lawyer Ashraf Abdul Razak, who was had been a partner at the firm from 1996 to 2017, said the cheque dated February 2, 2015, was given to him by Habibul Rahman Kadir Shah, a known corporate figure.

Ashraf is the 18th prosecution witness in Najib’s money-laundering and criminal breach of trust trial over RM42 million of funds from SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) unit.

Ashraf testified that he was actively involved with Habibul at the time as the latter’s company, Fuelsubs House Sdn Bhd, wanted to tender for a job to manage fuel subsidy.

“Habibul informed that there is payment, and he requested me to receive the payment for the defence contract as part of the payment from him to me moving forward.

“There is a small acknowledgement note between him (Habibul) and me on the payment through the cheque that was signed by him,” he said, noting that Habibul was a client of 12 years.

Asked what happened with the cheque, Ashraf said he deposited it the following working day.

“When I work with Habibul, he wanted this matter to proceed smoothly and quickly. Then I waited for Habibul to give further instruction on the payment.

“This cheque also includes my lawyer’s fee, which is why I deposited it into the firm’s account,” he told deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Saifuddin Hashim Musaimi when examined.

Muhammad Saifuddin: How much was the legal fee?

Ashraf: RM50,000, sir.

A: Habibul then instructed me to issue cheques to among others, his wife and his kids. And in stages after that, he told me to issue cheques to parties he determined, as well as cash cheques.

MS: Do you know why he did not issue the cheque into his own account and told you to manage this (fund)?

A: Sorry I do not know.

MS: You managed the whole RM2.5 million?

A: Yes sir.

When cross-examined by Najib’s lawyer, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, Ashraf said he never asked where the money came from.

“Because I have known Habibul for a long time and because of his position as a corporate leader, I never asked where the money came from,” he said.


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