I'm not aware of Zeti - Jho Low connection - Witness

05 Apr 2024 04:06pm
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak - Photo by Bernama
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak - Photo by Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR - Former 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) general counsel Jasmine Loo Ai Swan told the High Court today she had no knowledge of any business connection between the spouse of former Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz and fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low.

Jasmine Loo Ai Swan, 50, however, confirmed that Jho Low had mentioned Zeti's name on many occasions by saying that he would 'take care' of the latter in matters arising at the central bank concerning 1MDB funds.

She said this under cross-examination by counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, representing former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for allegedly misappropriating RM2.3 billion from 1MDB.

Shafee: Are you aware in the trial of (former Goldman Sachs banker) Tim Leissner in the United States, he said things could be approved overnight because of Jho Low's association with Zeti.

Loo: I do not know.

Shafee previously suggested that Jho Low had a close relationship with Zeti’s husband Datuk Tawfiq Ayman as they both attended the prestigious Wharton Business School in the United States.

The senior lawyer even suggested that Low used to cook pasta at Zeti’s house near Bukit Tunku on weekends, a claim that Zeti refuted when testifying in the same trial on Aug 15 last year.

Meanwhile, starting this month, the High Court here will for the first time preside over the 1MDB trial on a Saturday.

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Justice Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah has fixed April 27, May 4 and 25 as well as June 1, 8, 15 for additional dates to hear the case.

The dates were confirmed after both parties finished examining Loo, who was on the stand since Feb 13 this year.

Loo was supposed to be the final witness in the trial but is subject to be recalled, if the need arises.

Following the conclusion of the cross-examination and re-examination on Loo, there are several other prosecution witnesses on the list waiting to be recalled for cross-examination and re-examination, namely Zeti, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) senior officer Nur Aida Ariffin, 1MDB former director and chairman Tan Sri Ismee Ismail as well as Tan Sri Mohd Bakke Salleh.

Najib, 70, faces four charges of using his position (as prime minister) to obtain bribes totalling RM2.3 billion from 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.

The trial before Justice Sequerah continues on April 22. - BERNAMA