RM1.13bil transferred to Najib's accounts between 2011 and 2013, court told

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  • Monday, 29 Jul 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): An ex-banker who handled Datuk Seri Najib Razak's accounts at AmBank told the High Court here Monday (July 29) that RM1.13bil was transferred into the former premier's accounts between 2011 and 2013.

Joanna Yu Ging Ping, 48, who was formerly an AmBank relationship manager, said Najib received US$369.99mil in several transactions between 2011 and Jan 10, 2013.

The 54th prosecution witness said this during cross-examination by Najib’s lawyer Harvinderjit Singh on the 45th day of the accused's trial for misappropriation of SRC International Sdn Bhd funds totalling RM42mil.

Harvinderjit: The total amount of foreign funds transferred into Najib's account ending in 694 is US$369.99mil?

Yu: Yes

Harvinderjit: And the amount was equivalent to RM1.136bil?

Yu: Yes

Earlier, Yu confirmed that US$100mil was transferred into Najib's current account ending 694 in 2011.

Harvinderjit had asked Yu to confirm that Najib’s account received about US$100mil in 2011, from two transactions of US$10mil each, a US$50mil transfer and a US$30mil transfer.

Meanwhile, Yu said fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low played an important role in decision-making over the management of Najib’s accounts.

Yu said former SRC chief executive officer Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil as mandate holder for the accounts formalised the instructions.

Harvinderjit: You said, "Jho sent me all these instructions, I tell him to tell Nik Faisal." Why were you asking Jho?

Yu: In my mind, I thought they have discussed.

Harvinderjit: The conversation is that you brief somebody that has no knowledge?

Yu: Maybe that... yup.

Harvinderjit: I suppose all these info you got from Jho and you formalise with Nik Faisal?

Yu: Yes.

Harvinderjit: Would you agree the instructions and directions come from Jho, and Nik Faisal only formalises it?

Yu: It appears so.

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

The hearing before justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali continues. - Bernama

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