Billions deposited in accounts but Najib never made cash withdrawals, says bank officer

KUALA LUMPUR: A bank officer has told the High Court here that former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak never made any cash withdrawals from his AmBank accounts despite the billions of ringgit that had been deposited in them.

AmBank (M) Bhd Jalan Raja Chulan branch manager R. Uma Devi confirmed this during cross-examination by Najib's lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah during the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial here on Wednesday (Oct 5).

She agreed that the monies from the former premier's accounts were channelled to various entities instead.

She also agreed that Najib had never issued cheques to himself from the two accounts ending in 694 and 880.

Shafee: Do you agree that for someone like him, cash would be more convenient since it is typical for Malaysians to use cash?

Uma Devi: It is up to the individual.

In a previous hearing, Uma Devi had testified that Najib issued 46 cheques from his bank account ending in 694 amounting to RM10.3mil for payments to various parties including former deputy ministers, Umno divisions, foundations and companies throughout 2011.

The same witness also testified that a sum of RM2.08bil flowed in Najib's bank account ending in 694 through nine transactions in 2013.

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 resumes before Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah on Thursday (Oct 6).

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