24 April 2019
KUALA LUMPUR— Datuk Seri Najib Razak signed a declaration to assume responsibility and liability for all transactions in three accounts at AmBank that were opened under his name, the High Court heard today.
AmBank Jalan Raja Chulan branch manager R. Uma Devi today confirmed that Najib had made the declaration when opening the three current accounts on July 31, 2013.
One of the three paragraphs in the declaration that was read out by Uma Devi in court today stated: “We hereby acknowledge that I/we: voluntarily open this account, responsible for all transactions conducted under the account, will scrutinise and verify all transaction under the account, shall be liable for all transactions through the account which are in violation of the law.”
The other two paragraphs in the declaration were for an agreement that the application would be governed by the bank’s terms and conditions, and that such terms and conditions would be adhered to.
The declaration is required to open bank accounts.
Uma Devi is the 21st prosecution witness in Najib’s money-laundering and criminal breach of trust trial over RM42 million of former 1MDB subsidiary, SRC International Sdn Bhd’s funds.
The three accounts for which Najib had made the declaration are those bearing the numbers 211-202-201188-0, 211-202-201189-8, and 211-202-201190-6.
Two of these accounts ending with 88-0 and 90-6 were mentioned in the charges against Najib for this case.
Yesterday, Uma Devi testified that Najib previously wrote letters of instruction to inform the AmBank Jalan Raja Chulan branch manager that he had appointed SRC International director Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil as an authorised personnel to manage these three accounts.
When asked by ad-hoc prosecutor Datuk V. Sithambaram today, Uma Devi said statements of bank accounts are given each month to the account holder or the mandate holder.
When asked the purpose of the statements, Uma Devi said that “customers have to go through statements to check whether transactions are all in order”.
“Within 14 days, they should come back to the bank if there’s any discrepancies whatsoever,” she said.
Sithambaram then asked: “As the bank manager of AmBank Jalan Raja Chulan branch, are you aware or found any records of any notification by Datuk Seri Najib to AmBank notifying of any errors, discrepancies, irregularities, unauthorised withdrawals / debits, fraudulent transactions or entries made with a lack of mandate in any of the statements relating to the three accounts?”
Uma Devi then replied: “To my knowledge and records that I have, no.”
All three accounts have since been closed on March 9, 2015.
25 April 2019
The trial, being presided over by judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali, is expected to kick off at 9am today with AmBank Raja Chulan branch manager R Uma Devi continuing her testimony over the purported money trail of millions of ringgit contained in a trove of documents seized from the bank in a Bank Negara raid on July 6, 2015.
Yesterday in a testimony that took up much of the day, the 21st witness revealed among others that the AmBank branch had on Aug 11, 2014, received debit instruction to transfer RM3,282,734.16 from Najib’s AmBank account and split the money into the bank’s two credit cards.
She testified that the letter ordered RM449,586.95 to be credited into a Visa Platinum credit card and the balance of RM2,833,147.21 to be credited into a Mastercard Platinum credit card, whereby it was not stated to whom the credit cards belong to.
Uma Devi also revealed that Najib had authorised SRC International director Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil to manage the former’s five AmBank accounts in his capacity as the accounts’ authorised signatory.
The witness’ testimony pointed towards a series of transactions involving millions of ringgit going in and out of the accounts between 2013 and 2015, with RM64 million alone being credited into one of these accounts between July 8, 2014 and Feb 10, 2015.
This includes a sum of RM27 million from Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd, a company that carried out corporate social responsibility works for SRC International.
KUALA LUMPUR, April 24 — About 30 elder folk purporting to be from Pekan gathered at the Court Complex here in a show of solidarity with former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
In a departure from the absence of support since Najib was initially charged, a group of around 15 middle-aged women greeted him as he arrived this morning for his trial over RM42 million of the SRC International Sdn Bhd.
Najib exchanged brief pleasantries with them before entering the complex before 9am.
More people of the same age then joined the group ahead of Rosmah’s appearance.
They smiled and greeted Rosmah when she exited the complex a few minutes after 10am.
The former prime minister’s wife cheerfully shook hands and chatted with the group for about 10 minutes before leaving in her vehicle.
“We are just kampung folk, here from Pekan to show our support,” a man, who declined to be named, told Malay Mail when approached.
Najib is the elected representative of the Pekan federal constituency in Pahang.
The man also said they were not representing any organisations.
“We organised two buses on our own and arrived in Kuala Lumpur (from Pekan) this morning,” another man added.
The group will be leaving Kuala Lumpur at around 2pm today, he said.
They posed for a group photo session before leaving the complex.
Witness testifies receiving RM2.5m for defence contract
9.30am – Eighteenth witness, lawyer Ashraf Abdul Razak, testifies that the law firm he used to work at, Zulqarnain and Co, received RM2.5 million for a defence contract on Feb 2, 2015.
The 48-year-old, who now runs his own law firm, tells DPP Saifuddin during examination-in-chief that the cheque was given to him by Habibul Rahman Kadir, a known corporate figure.
Ashraf says Habibul was involved with his company Fuel Subs House Sdn Bhd.
“It is for a tender to manage fuel petrol subsidy.
“At that time, Habibul told me the payment was for a defence contract,” Ashraf says.
AmBank employee Badrul Hisham Mohamad had testified last week that a cheque made payable to Zulqarnain & Co for RM2.5 million had been issued from one of the accounts linked to Najib’s SRC International trial.
10.20am – Rosayah Mohamed Rosli, the 20th witness, confirms that Ihsan Perdana’s Affin Bank account was credited with RM40 million (on Dec 24, 2014), RM5 million (on Feb 5, 2015), and RM5 million (on Feb 6, 2015).
During examination-in-chief by DPP Suhaimi, Rosayah, who worked as a processing officer at Affin Bank, confirms that Ihsan Perdana’s account with the bank was credited with the payment from Gandingan Mentari’s AmIslamic bank account.
Ihsan Perdana and Gandingan Mentari are SRC International subsidaries.
Rosayah, whose job included handling electronic transfers among others, confirms that Affin Bank had received a single credit confirmation advice for the three transactions.