16 April 2019
KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 — A Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) analyst told the High Court here today that Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd’s banking documents, obtained from Affin Bank, was in his possession for almost three years before he handed them over to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) last year.
Mohammad Nizam Yahya, 39, an analyst at BNM’s Financial Intelligence and Enforcement Department, said all documents pertaining to the three current accounts belonging to Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd and related to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), were obtained from Affin Bank Sdn Bhd secretary Nimma Safira Khalid on July 6, 2015, after he received instructions from his department’s head.
Mohammad Nizam said the instructions received from Abd Rahman Abu Bakar were under Section 37 (1) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.
“Then, as I recollect, on the same day (July 6, 2015) some representatives from the task force (1MDB special investigation team in 2015) have gone to BNM to make a copy of the documents,” said Mohammad Nizam, who has served BNM since 2004.
When asked by Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Suhaimi Ibrahim if the team had taken the original documents, the prosecution third witness replied “No.”
“They only made copies on July 6, 2015, and the original documents were only handed over to the MACC on June 22, 2018,” he said.
Mohammad Nizam said among the documents received from the Affin Bank include a list of authorised signatories, specimen signature form and due diligence form pertaining to the customers of three current accounts of the company.
Najib, 66, faces three counts of criminal breach of trust, one charge of misuse and three counts of money laundering involving RM42 million of SRC International Sdn Bhd funds.
The Pekan MP, who was also the sixth prime minister, was charged with committing the offences at AmIslamic Bank Berhad in Jalan Raja Chulan and the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya between August 17, 2011, and February 10, 2015.
The proceedings before Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali continues tomorrow. — Bernama
Najib’s trial: Two banks involved in BNM’s 2015 money-laundering probe
KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 — The High Court was told today that alleged money transfers from former 1MDB subsidiary Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd and SRC International Sdn Bhd to Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s bank accounts had involved two major local banks.
Witnesses revealed that on the day Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) investigators had raided AmBank’s Jalan Raja Chulan branch for details on several accounts belonging to SRC International and Najib, they had also similarly requested banking details from Affin Bank for Ihsan Perdana.
Second prosecution witness, BNM officer Azizul Adzani Abdul Ghafar had yesterday told the court that he led a raid at AmBank to obtain all documents — including on transactions — related to a list of bank accounts.
On the third day of Najib’s trial over alleged criminal breach of trust and money-laundering of RM42 million of SRC International funds, another witness testified regarding the multiple raids at the two local banks located along Jalan Raja Chulan on July 6, 2015.
Testifying as the third prosecution witness, BNM’s Financial Intelligence and Enforcement Unit analyst Muhammad Nizam Yahya today said he served a notice under Section 37(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (Amla) to Affin Bank to get the documents.
“I was instructed by my department’s director Abd Rahman Abu Bakar to serve the AMLA notice to obtain banking documents on accounts owned by Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd.
“The serving took place at the bank’s headquarters along Jalan Raja Chulan on July 6,” he said when examined by deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Suhaimi Ibrahim.
Muhammad Nizam said Affin Bank Berhad’s chief legal officer and company secretary Nimma Safira Khalid had then provided the necessary documents requested on three bank accounts owned by Ihsan Perdana.
He then disclosed that he was handed documents such as the account opening forms; specimen signature forms; and statements of the accounts since they were opened.
Muhammad Nizam said he went with two other BNM officers to Affin Bank on July 6, 2015 from 10am until around 9pm, and had signed a form acknowledging his receiving of the banking details from Nimma at around 7.55pm the same day.
When asked what happened to the documents that were handed over, Muhammad Nizam said he kept them in a secure location at his department.
1MDB Special Task Force
Muhammad Nizam said several representatives from a special task force later came to make copies of the documents that Affin Bank provided to him.
When asked by Najib’s lawyer Harvinderjit Singh if he was informed prior to the serving of the notice that the investigations was for the taskforce, Muhammad Nizam replied: “As far as I know, the documents I had to take is for the taskforce.”
Harvinderjit then asked if the taskforce mentioned was the special team set up in July 2015 that comprised the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the police, BNM and the Attorney General’s Chamber.
Muhammad Nizam said he could not confirm whether it was the same taskforce.
The special task force on 1MDB was headed by then Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, then BNM governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz, then Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, and then MACC chief Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.
The special task force had on July 4, 2015 said it had started investigations into 1MDB, and had said investigators had been sent the day prior to SRC International, its two subsidiaries Ihsan Perdana and Gandingan Mentari Sdn Bhd to raid and retrieve documents from their premises.
The special task force on 1MDB was however disbanded a month later when Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali replaced Abdul Gani as AG. Apandi was last year replaced by Tommy Thomas.
ARUL KANDA SHOWS HIS FACE IN COURT – EX-1MDB CEO TO FACE TRIAL TOGETHER WITH HIS BIG BOSS NAJIB ON NOV 18
KUALA LUMPUR — Dressed in a light grey suit with a matching striped tie, Datuk Seri Najib Razak arrived at the court complex here at about 8.45am today for the third day of his trial on the SRC International Sdn Bhd case.
He walked up the stairs to the courthouse lobby accompanied by a handful of aides to the clicking sounds from press cameras.
And like yesterday, most of the sympathisers and supporters that had turned up for his charging last year were notably absent, bar one, a man who wore a bandanna covering the lower half of his face.
A SIGN OF REALITY FOR UMNO – EVEN MALAYS WON’T SUPPORT CORRUPTION: NAJIB CUTS A LONELY FIGURE – WITH ONLY ONE SUPPORTER SHOWING UP & EVEN HE, HID HIS FACE BEHIND A BANDANNA – AS DAY 3 OF SRC TRIAL BEIGNS