Former 1MDB CEO could send birthday greetings to Najib but failed to enquire on 1MDB decisions, court hears

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Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi today confirmed he had in the past sent text messages with birthday greetings to Datuk Seri Najib Razak, but had not contacted the latter to check with him on instructions and decisions linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Najib’s lead defence lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah had pointed out to Shahrol that he was in a “messaging mode” with the former prime minister, saying that some of the messages were allegedly still in Najib’s mobile phone.

When Shafee said that the messages may be produced in court, Shahrol replied: “Not at all, please show, they are completely innocent.”

Explaining why he had believed Low to have been relaying instructions from Najib on 1MDB, Shahrol noted that Najib’s actions were “consistent” with what Low had told him and that “never even once after the fact was I told by Datuk Seri Najib that I shouldn’t have done something”.


KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi today confirmed he had in the past sent text messages with birthday greetings to Datuk Seri Najib Razak, but had not contacted the latter to check with him on instructions and decisions linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Shahrol, who was 1MDB CEO, said that he had messaged Najib “maybe once a year” to wish him “happy birthday”.




“Also before election, I messaged him. During 1MDB time, I don’t recall any significant messages I sent to him,” Shahrol told the High Court today, adding that he may have sent Najib other messages but that he did not recall what he had written.

Shahrol was testifying against the ninth prosecution witness in Najib’s corruption trial over 1MDB.

Najib’s lead defence lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah had pointed out to Shahrol that he was in a “messaging mode” with the former prime minister, saying that some of the messages were allegedly still in Najib’s mobile phone.

When Shafee said that the messages may be produced in court, Shahrol replied: “Not at all, please show, they are completely innocent.”

Shafee was quizzing Shahrol on why he had proceeded to carry out instructions by businessman Low Taek Jho (Jho Low) to effectively obstruct the Auditor-General’s 2010 efforts to audit 1MDB, and why Shahrol had not checked directly with Najib on whether those instructions really came from him.

Shahrol then replied: “I was able to message the prime minister. However again I was respectful of the fact that I cannot simply message him for things I believe to be correct already.”

Shafee: You would rather believe Jho Low 100 per cent rather than do a simple check with the prime minister?

“At that time I have no reason not to believe Jho,” Shahrol replied, agreeing when Shafee asked if he had every reason to suspect Jho now.

Explaining why he had believed Low to have been relaying instructions from Najib on 1MDB, Shahrol noted that Najib’s actions were “consistent” with what Low had told him and that “never even once after the fact was I told by Datuk Seri Najib that I shouldn’t have done something”.

The trial will resume at 2.30pm tomorrow, as lawyers from both sides will be engaged in a case at the Federal Court tomorrow morning and as Najib would be giving a speech in Parliament as Pekan MP.

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