KUALA LUMPUR: An AmBank officer told the High Court in Najib Razak’s 1MDB trial the former prime minister did not file any complaints against the bank regarding the manner in which they handled his accounts.
Salmah Daman Huri said this when asked by deputy public prosecutor Najwa Bistamam about the transactions in Najib’s two bank accounts from 2009 to 2015.
She had told the court last week that she converted more than US$710 million into ringgit for a client’s private account between 2012 and 2013. However, she stopped short of naming the VIP client who received the large sum of foreign money.
Continuing her testimony today, Salmah said she converted £8.7 million into ringgit that was deposited into this customer’s account between October 2014 and December 2014.
Asked by Najib’s lawyer, Wan Aizudin Wan Mohamed, whether she knew who the “VIP customer” was, she said she did not.
“I only knew it was his (Najib) accounts after investigations into 1MDB started (in 2015),” she said.
She also said that Najib’s accounts were opened under the bank’s AmPrivate banking unit, in which the personal details of customers, such as their names, were kept confidential.
“They needed to be ‘high net worth’ individuals,” she said.
Salmah said AmBank did not raise any “red flags” about Najib’s transactions to Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) during the time he held accounts at the bank.
Najib is on trial over 25 charges of abuse of power and money laundering involving funds amounting to RM2.28 billion that were deposited into his AmBank accounts between February 2011 and December 2014.
The hearing is before judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah.