Najib offered me $1.2m to admit guilt, says accused in lawyer's murder trial

KUALA LUMPUR - An accused in the murder of deputy public prosecutor Datuk Anthony Kevin Morais told the High Court here that he was offered RM3.5 million (S$1.16 million) by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to admit guilt.

According to Bernama, S. Ravi Chandaran, 47, said the offer was made through a prisons officer and he also received an offer from Ke­­vin's younger brother Datuk Ri­­chard Morais to do the same.

He said this when cross-examined by counsel Datuk N. Sivanan­than, who is representing military pathologist Kol Dr R. Kunaseegaran.

Ravi Chandaran, the defence's sixth witness, was testifying during proceedings on the 24th day of the defence's case.

Sivananthan: You said Dr Kunaseegaran offered RM1.5mil for you to admit guilt. This was done on Dec 29, 2017.

Ravi Chandaran: True.

Sivananthan: You also lodged a police report that on Jan 26, 2018, Richard Morais offered RM2mil to you to plead guilty.

Ravi Chandaran: Yes, true.

Sivananthan: In the same report you said in February 2018, there was a prisons officer who offered you RM3.5mil to plead guilty on behalf of Najib Tun Razak.

Ravi Chandaran: Yes, true. He also agreed to Sivananthan's suggestion that the amount of money offered to him by the individuals concerned for him to plead guilty was RM7mil.

When asked by Sivananthan whe­­ther Dr Kunaseegaran had or­­der­­ed him to kill Kevin, the accused said: "No."

To a question whether Dr Kuna­seegaran had ordered him to do something on Kevin such as to kidnap the victim, the accused also replied "no".

In the previous proceeding, Ravi Chandaran told the court that Dr Kunaseegaran had offered him RM1.5mil if he pleaded guilty to killing Kevin.

R. Dinishwaran, A.K Thinesh Ku­­mar, M. Vishwanath, S. Nimalan, Ravi Chandaran and Dr Kunasee­garan had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Kevin during their journey from Jalan Dutamas 1, Sentul, to No. 1 Jalan USJ 1/6D, Subang Jaya, between 7am and 8pm on Sept 4, 2015.

The hearing before Judge Datuk Azman Abdullah resumes on Friday.


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