KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: The High Court here was told on Thursday (September 08, 2022) that RM60.6mil was credited in two (2) transactions into former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's personal account at AmIslamic Bank in year 2021.
Ambank (M) Berhad Jalan Raja Chulan branch manager R. Uma Devi, 43 years old said that based on a statement of an account that ended with the number 694, a credit of RM30,449,929.97 was made into the former prime minister's account on February 24, 2011 and RM30,179,909.46 on June 14 in year 2011.
" I confirm that this document (account statement) of AsIslamic Bank Berhad in the name of Najib was printed from a computer belonging to AmBank Jalan Raja Chulan Branch," she said.
Uma Devi was reading out her witness statement during examination-in-chief by Deputy Public Prosecutor Najwa Bistaman in the Pekan MP's trial over the misapporopriation of RM2.3bil in funds from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Referring to the form on the opening of a personal account under Najib's name on January 13, 2022, the 37th prosecution witness said Najib was the sole signatory of cheques issued and do business for the account.
" This account (ending 694) was opened with a deposit of RM500 only. The legal signatory for this personal account is Datuk Seri Najib Razak himself for the cheques. This mean,s only he (Najib) can sign cheques and do business through this account," she said.
She said that in year 2013, Najib submitted a letter, dated August 26, 2013, to the bank's branch manager to close his current and savings accounts (ending with number 694 and 481, respectively)and instructed the bank to transfer the money in the accounts amounting to RM150mil to his other accounts, which is the AmPrivate Banking-1MY.
Uma Devi said the letter also stated that all the unused cheques would be returned to the bank and that he (Najib) would not issues any cheque from the account after it was closed.
" Another instruction in the letter was to debit the remaining amount from those accounts for the issuance of bank draft in the name of AmPrivate Banking-1MY," she said, adding that an attachment enclosed with the letter was a money transfer slip that had been processed by the bank as instructed in the letter.
" Based on the (money transfer) slip, RM12,436,711.87 was transferred to the AmPrivate Banking-1MY account on August 30, 2013, whereby the account (AmPrivate Banking) belongs to Datuk Seri Najib, which was opened at the Jalan Raja Chulan branch on July 31, 2013, " she also added.
Najib,69 years old, is facing four charges of using his position to obtain bribes amounting to RM2.3 billion of 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.
The trial before Judge Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah continues on Monday (September 12, 2022).
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