According to prosecution papers revealed by NGO Suaram today, a fax shows that Najib had asked for the amount for Perimekar as a condition for a meeting with him on July 14, 2001.
The fax dated June 1, 2001 was from Francois Dupont, the Malaysian representative for private company Thales Asia International, to one D Arnaud.
The document, one of 153 shown to Suaram, was seized by French police from the office of Henri Gide, an officer with Thales.
The actual copy of the fax was, however, not provided to media at the press conference today as Suaram was not allowed to take the documents out of France.
Instead, the NGO, which is pursuing a civil complaint against state-owned DCN for allegedly paying 114 million euros in defence kickbacks to Perimekar, provided media with notes by its French interpreter.
According to the notes, Dupont had in the fax detailed out chronology of visits and future actions during a visit to Malaysia, including details of “negotiation meetings with the Ministry of Defence and the management members of Perimekar”.
“(In the negotiations) two contract proposals would be mentioned (from DCNI to Perimekar as well as between Perimekar and the Malaysian government).
“(Dupont) finally indicated a meeting with Datuk Seri Najib in France on July 14, 2001 with the condition that DCNI offers a maximum sum of US$1 billion for Perimekar’s stay (in France,” it read.
Perimekar is owned by Najib’s associate Abdul Razak Baginda, who was acquitted without his defence being called of a charge of abetting in the murder of Mongolian Altantuuyaa Shariibuu.
Razak Baginda’s company paid 360,000 euros
Suaram added that another document obtained by the prosecutors also revealed that Terasasai Sdn Bhd was a company owned by Abdul Razak and his father.
French prosecutors had investigated the matter following a civil complaint by Suaram against the alleged 114 million euros (RM454 million) kickback paid by French state-owned arms dealer DCN.
Prosecutors had on Aug 22, 2011 obtained an invoice faxed to Terasasi Sdn Bhd on Sep 19, 2004 to then-Thales chief executive officer Bernard Baiocco for the purpose of “success fees”.
The invoice states that the 359,450 euros (RM1.43 million) was to be paid to a bank in Petaling Jaya, while a handwritten note on the fax reads:
“Razak demande si ce SF peut etre pris en compte assez vite. Le Support Fee suit avec un rapport
However, Suaram director Cynthia Gabriel said that prosecutors are still trying to determine if the ‘Razak’ stated in the note refers to Najib or Abdul Razak. (Razak is asking whether the SF can be paid into the account quite urgently. The support fee follows with a report.)”
‘The Great Malaysian Robbery’
Referring to the case as “the Great Malaysian Robbery”, Cynthia said the prosecutors also found “a slew of companies” were formed to muddy the money trail.
“More retro-commissions have surfaced allowing the misuse of such bodies as a pilgrimage fund (Lembaga Tabung Haji) and the military pension fund (Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera).
“The Malaysian and French people have clearly been misled, cheated and robbed of their monies through blatant corruption and mismanagement of funds in the name of national safety and security,” Cynthia (right) said.
As such, Suaram demanded that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission open investigation papers on these new revelations and for the Malaysian government to cooperate with the French inquiry.
It also demands that the Defence Ministry list out to Parliament the companies involved in the procurement process involving DCN and the commissions paid.
Paris court can issue arrest warrant if subpoena rejected...
An international arrest warrant can be issued by a French judge if a witness refuses to assist in an inquiry following the issuance of a subpoena.
According to French lawyer Joseph Breham (right), who is acting on behalf of Malaysian NGO Suaram on the civil complaint on the multi-million ringgit arms kickbacks, a "red alert" can be sent to Interpol as a last resort.
"If the witness refuses to abide by the subpoena, the court can issue a notice mandat d'amener, compelling the witness to appear before it. If the witness (still) fails to oblige, a warrant of arrest may be issued.
"The warrant of arrest is applicable within the French territory, and may be internationalised, if the judge deems necessary."
Last month, Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said neither he or anyone from his ministry would assist the French inquiry.
Zahid was named in the list of seven witnesses proposed by Suaram, which was accepted by French investigating judge Roger Le Loire.
Najib Razak Minta Rasuah Advance RM 3 bilion untuk Perimekar...
Pendakwa awam Perancis yang menyiasat urusniaga pembelian senjata Perancis-Malaysia mendakwa telah menemui bukti bahawa menteri pertahanan ketika itu, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak telah meminta AS$1 bilion (RM3 bilion) untuk syarikat tempatan Perimekar daripada DCNI - anak syarikat pembuat kapal Perancis DCN.
Menurut kertas pendakwaan yang didedahkan oleh NGO Suaram hari ini, satu faks menunjukkan bahawa Najib didakwa telah diminta jumlah tersebut untuk Perimekar sebagai syarat bagi mengadakan satu pertemuan dengan beliau pada 14 Julai 2001.
Faks yang bertarikh 1 Jun 2001 adalah dari Francois Dupont, wakil Malaysia untuk syarikat swasta Thales Asia International, kepada D Arnaud.
Dokumen itu, satu daripada 153 yang ditunjukkan kepada Suaram, telah dirampas oleh polis Perancis dari pejabat Henri Gide, seorang pegawai Thales.
Mahkamah Paris boleh keluar waran tangkap jika tolak sepina...
Waran tangkap antarabangsa boleh dikeluarkan oleh hakim Perancis jika saksi enggan membantu sesuatu siasatan selepas sepina dikeluarkan.
Menurut peguam Perancis, Joseph Breham (kanan), yang mewakili NGO Malaysia, Suaram, dalam aduan awam berhubung dakwaan
membabitkan sogokan jutaan ringgit dalam urusniaga pembelian senjata, "amaran merah" boleh dihantar kepada Interpol sebagai langkah terakhir.
"Jika saksi itu enggan mematuhi sepina tersebut, mahkamah boleh mengeluarkan notis mandat d'amener, memaksa saksi hadir di mahkamah. Jika saksi (masih) tidak mahu mematuhinya, maka waran tangkap boleh dikeluarkan.
"Waran tangkap berkenaan berkuatkuasa dalam wilayah Perancis, dan mungkin diantarabangsakan, jika hakim merasakannya perlu."
Bulan lepas, Menteri Pertahanan Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi berkata beliau atau sesiapa sahaja dari kementeriannya, tidak akan membantu siasatan di Perancis itu.
Zahid dinamakan dalam senarai tujuh orang saksi yang dicadangkan oleh Suaram, yang telah diterima oleh hakim siasatan Perancis, Roger Le Loire.