Shahrir received a cheque of RM1mil from Najib, bank manager tells court

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Felda chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Ab Samad received a cheque of RM1mil from former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak, nine years ago, the High Court here was told.

Ambank Bhd Jalan Raja Chulan branch manager R. Uma Devi, 43, who appeared as the prosecution's 12th witness, said the cheque was issued by Najib himself to Shahrir on Nov 27, 2013, and that the cheque was cleared the next day.

Uma Devi appeared as a prosecution witness during examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Rasyidah Murni Azmi in the case of the former Johor Baru Member of Parliament who is charged with money laundering by not stating his real income in the Income Tax Return Form for Assessment Year 2013.

The act is a violation of Section 113(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act 1967, over the RM1mil, believed to be from unlawful activities, which he received from Najib through a cheque.

"Based on Datuk Seri Najib's bank statement, the balance as of November 2013 was RM48,273,239.26 and the balance as of Nov 30, 2013 was RM36,922,068.26. On Nov 28, 2013 there was a withdrawal of RM1mil from the account,” she said.

However, Uma Devi said Najib's bank account, which was opened on July 31, 2013 was closed on March 9, 2015 with no reason stated for the closure.

"The balance in the said account and the balance of RM103,361.17 from two other accounts that belonged to Najib, were withdrawn through a cheque issued to Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd,” she said.

Shahrir is alleged to have committed the offence at LHDN, Duta branch, Government Office Complex, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim on April 25, 2014.

The charge, framed under Section 4(1)(a) of the AMLATFPUA 2001, provides a maximum fine of RM5mil, or imprisonment of up to five years, or both, if found guilty.

Justice Muhammad Jamil Hussin fixed Sept 5, for the next hearing. - Bernama

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