Money moved out from Najib’s AmBank accounts after they were closed, says bank manager

Former prime minister Najib Razak.

KUALA LUMPUR: An AmBank officer told the High Court today that money from Najib Razak’s bank accounts was transferred to that of Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd after the accounts of the former prime minister were closed.

R Uma Devi, the manager of AmBank’s Jalan Raja Chulan branch, said Najib’s three accounts with the bank were closed on March 9, 2015.

“The closing amounts for his three accounts were RM721.57, RM690.11, and RM101,952.14.

“The money was later transferred to Ihsan Perdana’s account through cheque that same day,” she said in her testimony at Najib’s SRC International trial.

Uma also confirmed that Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) officer Ahmad Farhan Sarifuddin had come to her branch on July 6, 2015 and asked her for details on certain bank accounts.

She said it took the entire day to retrieve these details through the bank system, and that she only passed them to Farhan that night.

On Dec 26, 2014, she said, RM27 million from Ihsan Perdana was deposited into one of Najib’s accounts.

On Dec 29, the same amount was transferred out.

Similarly, RM10 million from Ihsan Perdana was credited into Najib’s account on Feb 10, 2015, and the money moved out later that day.

“The balance in the account involved in the transfer was over RM16,000,” she added.

When asked by fiat prosecutor V Sithambaran whether Najib had notified AmBank of any irregularities in his account transactions, Uma said she had no complaints on record.

She said until the three accounts were closed on March 9, 2015, Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil had been the person authorised to manage them.

When asked by Najib’s lawyer, Harvinderjit Singh, whether she knew that the branch was under scrutiny by the authorities, Uma said the former branch manager had informed her of this when she took over on July 1, 2015.

“He told me that there were investigations but he did not specify which accounts were being investigated,” she said.

Yesterday, Uma told the court that Nik Faisal, who is director of SRC International Sdn Bhd, was appointed to manage Najib’s accounts at AmBank.

The former prime minister opened five accounts with AmBank from 2011, two of which were closed in August 2013.

The remaining three accounts were closed in March 2015.

Najib faces six charges of money laundering and criminal breach of trust in the transfer of RM42 million to his account from SRC International, a former unit of 1MDB.

He is also accused of abusing his power as prime minister by giving government guarantees on SRC International’s RM4 billion loan from Retirement Fund Inc.

The hearing continues before High Court judge Nazlan Ghazali.