KUALA LUMPUR: Najib Razak has succeeded in his bid to intervene in former minister Zaid Ibrahim’s lawsuit to compel AmBank to disclose details of five accounts belonging to the prime minister which allegedly received deposits of RM2.6 billion and RM42 million.
Lawyer Americk Sidhu, representing Zaid, said the High Court allowed Najib’s application on the ground that he had sufficient interest in Zaid’s bid to obtain details of the bank accounts.
Judicial Commissioner Rohani Ismail set Sept 15 for case management.
Americk added that there was “a long way to go” before the main trial of Zaid’s class action suit.
“If the application to compel disclosure of the bank accounts’ details is allowed, the bank can still dispute the order,” he said.
Najib’s lawyer Wan Azmir Wan Majid said that since Najib was now part of Zaid’s court case, he would have to submit a reply to affidavits filed previously.
Zaid filed the lawsuit in November 2016 to compel AmBank to reveal details of Najib’s five accounts.
He also wanted Ambank Islamic Bhd to reveal the sources of the incoming funds and the recipients of payments made from the time the accounts were opened until they were closed on Sept 30, 2016.
Zaid, who is currently a DAP member, said he needed the information to support his other suit against Najib, 1MDB, the Malaysian government and Najib’s stepson Riza Aziz.
He had filed a class action suit in August 2016 to recover US$731 million and RM42 million banked into the prime minister’s accounts.