KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here was told on Thursday September 8 that RM60.6 million was credited in two transactions to former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal account at AmIslamic Bank in 2011.
Ambank Branch Manager (M) Berhad Jalan Raja Chulan, R. Uma Devi, 43, said based on an account statement ending in number 694, a credit of 30,449,929.97 RM was credited to the former Prime Minister’s account on February 24. and RM30,179,909.46 on June 14, 2011.
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“I confirm that this document (account statement) from AmIslamic 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 her witness statement during examination-in-chief by Deputy Attorney General Najwa Bistamam in the trial of the Pekan MP for the embezzlement of RM2.3 billion of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds.
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Referring to the form for opening a personal account in Najib’s name on January 13, 2011, Prosecution Witness 37 testified that Najib was the sole signatory of the checks issued and did business on the account.
“This account (ending 694) was opened with a deposit of RM500 only. The legal signatory of this personal account is Datuk Seri Najib Razak himself for checks. This means that only he (Najib) can sign checks and do business through this account,” she said.
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She said that in 2013, Najib submitted a letter, dated August 26, 2013, to the branch manager of the bank to close his checking and savings accounts (ending with numbers 694 and 481, respectively) and asked the bank to transfer the money to the accounts. amounting to RM150mil to his other accounts, which is AmPrivate Banking-1MY.
Uma Devi said the letter also stated that all unused checks would be returned to the bank and that he (Najib) would not issue any checks from the account after it was closed.
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“Another instruction in the letter was to debit the remaining amount from these accounts for the issuance of a bank draft in the name of AmPrivate Banking-1MY,” she said, adding that an attachment to the letter was a money transfer slip which had been processed by the bank in accordance with the instructions in the letter.
“Based on the (money transfer) slip, RM12,436,711.87 was transferred to the AmPrivate Banking-1MY account on 30 August 2013, the (AmPrivate Banking) account belonging to Datuk Seri Najib, who was opened at Jalan Raja Chulan branch on July 31, 2013,” she added.
Najib, 69, faces four charges of using his position to obtain bribes amounting to RM2.3 billion from 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering relating to the same amount.
The trial before Judge Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah continues this Monday, September 12.- Bernama