Najib trial: Ihsan Perdana bank documents handed to MACC almost three years later


KUALA LUMPUR: A central bank analyst told the High Court here that original documents pertaining to the bank account of Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd were handed over to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Ihsan Perdana is a company linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Mohammad Nizam Yahya of Bank Negara Malaysia said that he had kept the documents at a safe place in his department - the Financial Intelligence and Enforcement Department - since July 2015.

“As I remember, several representatives from a special task force came to examine and make copies of the documents,” he said.

Mohammad Nizam is the third witness to take the stand in the trial of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is facing seven charges involving SRC International Sdn Bhd and RM42mil in funds.

DPP Datuk Suhaimi Ibrahim conducted the examination-in-chief.

The 39-year-old witness earlier told the court that he received an instruction from his department head on July 6, 2015.

“I was ordered to hand over a notice under Section 37(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act 2001 to obtain banking documents related to an account belonging to Ihsan Perdana,” he said.

Ihsan Perdana is a company responsible for 1MDB's corporate social responsibility programmes.

Mohammad Nizam said he went to the Affin Bank headquarters on Jalan Raja Chulan and passed the notice to a bank officer, named Nimma Safira Khalid.

He said while the task force representatives made copies of the documents, the original was handed over to the MACC on June 22, 2018.

Najib faces seven charges involving RM42mil in funds belonging to SRC International.

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

He allegedly misappropriated RM42mil in funds belonging to SRC International.

On Aug 8, 2018, he appeared in court again for the second time and was charged with three counts of money laundering involving the same RM42mil.

The trial continues before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali on Wednesday (Apr 17).