BNM manager denies hiding the truth in Najib’s SRC trial

Bank Negara Malaysia manager Azizul Adzani Abdul Ghafar at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: A Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) manager denied in court today that he was being briefed by certain quarters not to tell the truth in the hearing of the alleged misappropriation of SRC International Sdn Bhd funds involving former prime minister Najib Razak.

Azizul Adzani Abdul Ghafar, who is the manager of BNM’s Financial Intelligence and Enforcement Department, said he also disagreed with the suggestion by Najib’s counsel Harvinderjit Singh that he was hiding something in connection with the case.

When referred to a police report which he lodged after conducting the raid at the Jalan Raja Chulan AmBank branch on July 6, 2015, Azizul said he also knew that the report he made should be true.

When questioned, Azizul confirmed that he had gone to the Tun HS Lee police station at 10.04pm that day, 34 minutes after receiving the last document from branch manager R Uma Devi.

Harvinderjit said Azizul had gone to lodge a report under Section 4 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (Amla), which meant that he had already known at the time that the investigation was made under the act.

When asked where he had obtained this information, Azizul said it was based on the documents that were seized.

“You did a review of the documents in 34 minutes and found there was an offence under Section 4 of Amla, but you are not the investigating officer. You did not make any call to (investigating officer) Farhan?” Harvinderjit said.

To this, Azizul said, “Right.”

When asked what the documents were that made him come to that conclusion, Azizul said he could not remember.

When asked if he had received a briefing from any quarters to attend the hearing and not tell the truth, Azizul said no.

He also denied that his testimony was untrue, and that he had anything to hide.

Najib, 66, is facing three counts of criminal breach of trust, one charge of abusing his position and three counts of money laundering over SRC International funds amounting to RM42 million.

The hearing before High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali is in progress.