Najib's SRC trial: Ambank raided on suspicion of illicit activity, says BNM officer


KUALA LUMPUR: The Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) officer who ordered the raid on the Raja Chulan Ambank branch did so because there was suspicion of illicit banking activity, the High Court heard.

Ahmad Farhan Sharifuddin, 32, said he received orders from Financial Intelligence and Enforcement Department director Abd Rahman Abd Bakar to investigate the Ambank group over a suspected offence under Section 4 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (Amlatfpuaa) 2001.

Ahmad Farhan was the investigating officer in charge of the case, and instructed a team to seize evidence from the branch office.

The team included search officer Azizul Adzani Abdul Ghafar, 41, who obtained four folders of documents related to the opening of Datuk Seri Najib Razak's bank accounts, three more folders with documents for opening SRC International's accounts and one folder for opening an account for a subsidiary of SRC International, Gandingan Mentari Sdn Bhd.

Ahmad Farhan, the fourth witness in the former prime minister's corruption trial, said he issued the orders to Azizul Adzani on July 6, 2012, and was handed the evidence the next day.

The documents were eventually handed over to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in May 2018.

Earlier, Azizul Adzani – the second witness in the trial – denied accusations that he was coached to lie in the witness stand.

Defence Lawyer Harvinderjit Singh said: "come on, lah, tuan, let's be real here, you're not being honest. Were you given a briefing to attend the trial and not give an honest testimony?"

Azizul Adzani denied this.

The accusations were raised during cross examination over his police report, which the lawyer said touch on a Part 2 of the Amlatfpuaa versus his testimony that the raid was under Part 4.

"It's remarkable that you thought that might be another offence involved, when you've only been appointed as a searching officer. Usually, it's the investigating officer who considers the offences," said Harvinderjit.

The evidence obtained in the raid had ties to the accounts mentioned in the seven charges against Najib for receiving RM42mil in illegal funds on July 8, 2014.

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.

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