KUALA LUMPUR - Embattled former premier Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who has been slapped with 25 fresh charges in relation to the controversial RM2.3 billion (S$759 million) found in his personal accounts, has once again reiterated that he is not a thief.
"As we all know, the RM2.3 billion issue was used relentlessly to criticise and tarnish my name all this while.
"All the charges today will give me a chance to clear my name (and prove) that I am not a thief.
"I hope my journey in court will uphold the truth and silence this RM2.3 billion issue once and for all," he said to reporters before leaving the Kuala Lumpur High Court yesterday.
Asked if he was confident of winning the case, Najib hoped that his ongoing court trial would be able to prove that the rule of law did indeed exist in Malaysia.
"I don't want to make any statements that can be deemed as sub judice. But for me and my team of lawyers, God willing, we have the facts on our side," he added.
Najib subsequently downplayed the charges he received yesterday, saying that once the public comprehended the facts and figures behind the case, they would realise that it was not such an "explosive" accusation.
"Once we understand the facts and do some calculations, we will come to the conclusion that I returned a large sum of money right after the 13th General Election.