Najib's bank account info taken during raid, BNM manager tells court

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  • Monday, 15 Apr 2019

Datuk Seri Najib Razak. -Bernamapic

KUALA LUMPUR: Banking documents of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and SRC International Sdn Bhd related to his corruption trial were taken during a raid of an Ambank branch in 2015, the High Court was told.

Bank Negara Malaysia manager Azizul Adzani Abdul Ghafar, 41, said he and three other officers had raided the bank as part of an investigation under the Anti-Money Laundering Act, Anti-Terrorism

Financing Act and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (Amla) 2001.

He was the second witness called by the prosecution, in Najib's corruption trial involving RM42mil misappropriated from SRC International, a subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Azizul Adzani told the court he had been appointed as a searching officer on July 6, 2015 by the case investigating officer Ahmad Farhan Sharifuddin.

He went with three other Bank Negara officers to raid the Raja Chulan Ambank branch.

There, he gave branch manager R. Uma Devi a verbal list of the accounts needed to be investigated, which she complied and provided.

The evidence obtained included four folders of documents related to opening of Najib's accounts, three more folders with documents for opening SRC International's accounts and one folder for opening

SRC International's unit, Gandingan Mentari's account.

The documents were recorded under a search list of evidence seized for the money laundering investigations.

In court on Monday (April 15), Azizul Adzani confirmed the documents that he seized.

The accounts mentioned were the same as Najib's accounts through which he was charged with receiving RM42mil in illegal funds on July 8, 2014.

Najib faces seven charges related to the case.

On July 4, 2018, Najib claimed trial to a charge of abuse of power and three counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) linked to the 1MDB scandal.

On Aug 8, he appeared in court again for the second time and was charged with three counts of money laundering involving the same RM42mil.

The hearing before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali continues.

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