Witness in Najib's SRC trial denies being a rogue banker

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  • Monday, 22 Jul 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s former AmBank Bhd relationship manager has denied allegations that she was a rogue banker who acted in concert with fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low.

Joanna Yu, 48, who was under examination-in-chief by ad hoc prosecutor Datuk V. Sithambaram, said there was no conspiracy against the former prime minister.

Sithambaram: There were allegations that you’re a rogue banker acting in concert with Low that resulted in these charges against Najib. What do you have to say to that?

Yu:We didn’t act in anything. There is no conspiracy. Whenever the account is overdrawn, we just notified them because otherwise there would be dishonoured cheques on Najib’s account.

To another question, the witness said neither Najib nor former SRC International Sdn Bhd CEO Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil had accused her or her team of acting beyond the authority given to them.

Yu is the 54th witness to take the stand on the 41st day of Najib’s corruption trial on Tuesday (July 22).

She earlier told the court that Jho Low had on occasions relayed messages to her, purportedly from Najib.

The witness also testified that Nik Faisal was the mandate holder of Najib’s bank accounts with whom she met and dealt with as she did not deal directly with the former premier.

Najib, 66, faces three counts of criminal breach of trust, one count of abusing his position and three counts of money laundering involving SRC International funds amounting to RM42mil.

The hearing before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali continues on Tuesday (July 23).

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