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Najib received RM2.08 billion over 2 months, bank officer tells court

R Uma Devi says the money was deposited in nine transactions in 2013.

Bernama
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The vehicle carrying former prime minister Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur court complex today. Photo: Bernama
The vehicle carrying former prime minister Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur court complex today. Photo: Bernama

A bank officer told the Kuala Lumpur High Court today that RM2.08 billion was deposited into Najib Razak's personal AmIslamic Bank account in nine transactions in 2013.

Jalan Raja Chulan Ambank (M) Bhd branch manager R Uma Devi, 43, said based on the statement for the account ending 694, all of the transactions took place in March and April 2013.

She said this when reading her witness statement during examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Najwa Bistamam at Najib’s corruption and money laundering trial involving RM2.3 billion belonging to 1MDB.

The 37th prosecution witness said a total of RM465 million was deposited into Najib's account on March 22, 2013 through three transactions.

"On March 26, 2013, a total of RM188,001,963.02 was deposited into Najib's account, and on March 28 of the same year, a total of RM369,974,962.98 was deposited through two transactions," said Uma Devi.
 
She said a total of RM1,058,500,000 was deposited into Najib's account on April 8, 9 and 10, 2013 through three transactions.

The witness said that all nine transactions amounted to RM2,081,476,926.

In his opening statement in 2019, senior deputy public prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram said that between March 21, 2013 and April 10, 2013, Tanore – a company believed to belong to fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low – transferred US$681 million to the accused's account.

Sri Ram said that in Malaysian currency, this amounted to RM2,081,471,926. That sum was the main issue in the third charge against Najib.

At today's proceedings, the court was also told that RM2,034,350,000 was withdrawn from Najib's account between Aug 2 and 23, 2013 in five transactions.
 
Previously, Sri Ram also told the court that the accused transferred a total of RM2,034,350,000 to Tanore Singapore and that the remaining RM22,649,000 was used to pay four entities and one individual.

In his opening statement, he said the prosecution would prove that all the payments benefited the accused.

Uma Devi also said that several companies, individuals, parties and entities received cheques from Najib throughout 2012.

Among them were former deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Department T Murugiah who received RM100,000, Selangor Barisan Nasional (RM400,000), Pahang Umno liaison committee (RM760,000) and Salt Media Consultancy Sdn Bhd (RM49,000).

Najib, 69, faces four charges of using his position to obtain bribes amounting to RM2.3 billion from 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.

The trial before judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah continues tomorrow.