‘Nothing tangible came out of loan’

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  • Friday, 12 Jul 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: A witness told the High Court that nothing tangible came out of the RM4bil loaned by Retirement Fund Inc (KWAP) to SRC International Sdn Bhd.

Former KWAP chairman Tan Sri Dr Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Abdullah said he did not know what was done by SRC International with the billion-ringgit loan.

He was answering a question during a re-examination by deputy public prosecutor Datuk Suhaimi Ibrahim at the corruption trial of Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is accused of misappropriating RM42mil in SRC International funds.During cross-examination earlier, Najib’s lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah had raised the issues of Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (Lima) Exhibition’s accommodation project and UEM’s North-South Expressway project that received the then prime minister’s attention.

The projects were hurried, and the working papers were only completed after the projects had started.

DPP Suhaimi asked the witness about the two projects, to which Dr Wan Abdul Aziz said both projects existed.

DPP Suhaimi: For SRC Inter­national, the money had been disbursed. Until now, do we see what has been done with the money loaned?

Dr Wan Abdul Aziz: No.

Meanwhile, another witness testified that Bank Negara seized seven electronic devices, including a BlackBerry, from three AmBank officers in Jalan Raja Chulan in 2015.

Bank Negara analyst Suzairizman Shuib, 40, said four thumb drives of four and eight gigabytes and a hard disk were also seized from AmBank relationship managers Joanna Yu, Krystle Yap and Daniel Lee.

The witness was in an examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Mohd Ashrof Adrin Kamarul.

Suzairizman said he seized the items on July 6, 2015 after he received an order from his department director Abdul Rahman Abu Bakar during a briefing session.

Two days later on July 8, 2015, the witness said he received an application from Bank Negara investigating officer Ahmad Farhan Sharifuddin for him to run an analysis on Yu’s BlackBerry.

Suzairizman then extracted data from the phone’s memory card and SIM card which included photos and videos.

“I ‘burned’ (copied) the information I had before handing a report on it to Ahmad Farhan.

“I also handed the handphone to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for further action,” he added.

DPP Ashrof: Some time in April and May this year, did you receive any information from Ahmad Farhan regarding the case?

Suzairizman: Yes, I did. He said Bank Negara had a court order for me to retrieve the information from a BlackBerry Messenger.

DPP Ashrof: Did Ahmad Farhan explain about the information they sought on the phone?

Suzairizman: Yes, he showed me names.

DPP Ashrof: You remember those names?

Suzairizman: I do. Joanna, Krystle, Daniel and Jho Low.

The hearing continues before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali on Monday.

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