RM42 mil deposited into Najib’s AmIslamic Bank accounts, says witness

Noorhayati Mohd Yunus, Affin Bank branch manager at the Curve shopping complex.

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court heard today that three deposits totalling RM42 million were credited into the private accounts of former prime minister Najib Razak.

Noorhayati Mohd Yunus, the branch manager of Affin Bank at the Curve shopping complex, said the money was from Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd which had three accounts with the bank.

She said the amount was deposited into Najib’s accounts at AmIslamic Bank Bhd on Jalan Raja Chulan here between Dec 26, 2014 and Feb 10, 2015.

Noorhayati said RM27 million was paid on Dec 26, 2014 and another RM10 million on Feb 10, 2015, “both to account numbers ending 1880”.

Another RM5 million was deposited into Najib’s account with the number ending 1906 on Dec 26, 2014, the 30th prosecution witness told Najib’s SRC International Sdn Bhd corruption trial.

She said the applications to remit the money came from Ihsan Perdana directors Shamsul Anwar Sulaiman and Abdul Aziz Ismail.

“I recognised the signatures of both because they were similar to the ones when the company opened a business account,” Noorhayati said when examined by deputy public prosecutor Sulaiman Kho Kheng Fuei.

She said Ihsan Perdana, formerly known as Gem Horizon Sdn Bhd, opened the account in her branch on June 1, 2012 and its directors’ resolution authorised Shamsul and Aziz as the signatories.

It was revealed earlier by assistant registrar of the Companies Commission of Malaysia Muhammad Akmaludin Abdullah that Ihsan Perdana was set up on Aug 16, 2010.

Its business was to provide corporate social responsibility programmes for Yayasan 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Noorhayati said RM50 million was deposited by Gandingan Mentari Sdn Bhd from Ambank Raja Chulan into Ihsan Perdana’s accounts between Dec 24, 2014 and Feb 6, 2015.

She said RM40 million was deposited on Dec 24, 2014, RM5 million on Feb 5, 2015 and another RM5 million on Feb 6, 2015.

Ambank Raja Chulan branch manager R Uma Devi had testified that the RM50 million that was deposited into Gandingan Mentari came from SRC International.

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 Pekan MP was charged with committing the offences at AmIslamic Bank Bhd on Jalan Raja Chulan and the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya between Aug 17, 2011, and Feb 10, 2015.

The hearing before judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali continues.