Najib seeks bank documents in defence against 1MDB trial

KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is seeking to compel the prosecution in the RM2.28bil 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial to disclose banking documents to companies which he claimed to be linked to former Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz.

Najib's legal team filed the notice of motion at the High Court here on Wednesday (March 24).

In the notice, Najib wants the prosecutor, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Bank Negara or any other entities having custody, care and control of the documents to produce to him, among others, account statements between the year 2008 and 2020 for several companies.

They are Aktis Capital Singapore Private Ltd, Country Group Securities Public Company Ltd, ACME Time Ltd (BVI), Butamba Investment Ltd, Central Holding Ltd, Iron Rhapsody Ltd, Cutting Edge Industries Ltd and Sherman and Sterling LLC.

Other documents sought are the register of directors for the companies mentioned, emails, telegraphic transfers, remittance form, payment advice, transaction report, payment order, credit advice and bank memos.

In the supporting affidavit affirmed by Najib, the former premier claimed that two of the companies - Iron Rhapsody and Cutting Edge - were said to be linked to Zeti's husband Datuk Dr Tawfiq Ayman and her two sons.

The Pekan MP said the documents he sought were vital and relevant to his defence in the 1MDB trial.

"Zeti is listed as a witness in the 1MDB trial. As such, the bank documents are very relevant to my defence and the cross-examination of Zeti and other prosecution witnesses pertaining to her credibility and her independence as the erstwhile Bank Negara governor is relevant to the period in relation to my charges," he said.

Najib also said the suppression of the bank documents would misrepresent the truth and a breach to his fundamental liberties, his right to fair trial and right to be equal before the law as provided under the Federal Constitution.

When contacted, Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib confirmed that the prosecution had received Najib's application.

The motion is fixed for case management on Friday (March 26).

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