Najib received RM2.08bil through nine transactions in his bank account in 2013, court told

KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak received a sum of RM2.08bil in his private bank account through nine transactions in 2013, the High Court heard.

AmBank (M) Bhd Jalan Raja Chulan branch manager R. Uma Devi testified that the monies that went into Najib's AmIslamic bank account ending 694 were through transactions that took place in March and April 2013.

Based on the account statement, the witness said RM155mil went into Najib's account on March 22, 2013, three times.

Four days later on March 26, RM188,001,963.02 was credited into the account.

"On March 28, 2013, RM231,150,000 and RM138,824,962.98 went into the account in two transactions," Uma Devi said during the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial on Monday (Sept 26).

Three other transactions that took place in April, 2013 were on April 8, 9 and 10 with the amounts of RM152.5mil, RM304mil and RM602mil banked in respectively.

The total for all the nine transactions were RM2,081,476,926.

"I confirm that the monies went into the account based on the account statement dated April 14, 2013 that is referred to me," she said.

To a question by deputy public prosecutor Najwa Bistamam on whether an ATM card was given to the account holder, the witness said that based on record, no ATM card was granted for the account.

In its opening statement, lead prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram had told the court that nine money laundering charges faced by Najib in the case involved a sum of RM2,081,476,926.

He said RM2,034,350,000 was transferred to Tanore Singapore between Aug 2 and Aug 23, 2013 while the balance of RM22,649,000 was used to pay four entities and an individual.

"It is the prosecution's case that all these payments benefited the accused," said Sri Ram.

Najib, 69, is facing four charges of using his position to obtain bribes totalling RM2.28bil from 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.

The hearing continues before Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah on Tuesday (Sept 27).

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