RJ Rithaudeen: The High Court was told that parts of the RM1.9bil credited to one of Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s private bank accounts between 2011 and 2013 was a donation from one “Prince Faisal al Turki” and the Finance Ministry of Saudi Arabia.
If that’s the case, Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz, who was the Governor of Bank Negara then, would have known about it as the Malaysian central bank would have had to communicate with the central bank of Saudi Arabia to facilitate transactions pursuant to terms of international money laundering and anti-terrorism laws.
A 2015 investigation paper prepared by the current head of the MACC, Dato’ Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull, states just that, and adds, that the transaction was approved by Zeti herself and that it was she who communicated with a representative of the Saudi Royal family and suggested that the money be parked in Najib’s personal account.
The paper found no evidence suggesting that the RM3,197,596,146.28 in Najib’s account – yes, RM3,197,596,146.28, not RM2.6 billion – was from 1MDB as alleged by Pakatan Harapan.
On contraire, it bore evidence that the fund originated from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and that the money constituted gifts and donations from the Saudi Royal household.
I have thus far lodged three criminal reports on the matter seeking investigations by the police into a conspiracy that existed between Shukri and the former governor of Bank Negara, Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz.
I told PDRM that Shukri’s 2015 paper showed clearly that Zeti knew the identities of all concerned in the channelling of the said funds, knew that the funds were donations and herself suggested that the funds be parked in Najib’s account.
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court was told that RM1.9bil was credited to one of Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s private bank accounts between 2011 and 2013.
AmBank manager R. Uma Devi confirmed that parts of the money were purportedly a donation from one “Prince Faisal al Turki” and the Finance Ministry of Saudi Arabia.
She said this during cross-examination by the former prime minister’s counsel Harvinderjit Singh here on Monday (April 29).
Harvinderjit: Refer to this email of bank statement ending 694, are these transactions from “Prince Faisal al Turki”?
Uma Devi: Yes.
She agreed that parts of the money – including RM304mil in 2011 and RM756mil in 2012 – came from “Prince Faisal al Turki”.
The witness also agreed that another amount was RM324mil which was credited from the Saudi Finance Ministry to Najib’s account.
To a suggestion, Uma Devi agreed that a letter of instruction purportedly written by Najib on July 30, 2013 instructed that the donation money be returned to the owner (Prince Faisal al Turki).
Harvinderjit: On the basis of the letter, it was clear the bank knew the amount of money credited was a donation?
Uma Devi: Yes.
To another question by Harvinderjit, the witness agreed that the donation received was a huge amount of money that required compliance from Bank Negara Malaysia.
Najib is facing seven charges of abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money laundering involving RM42mil belonging to SRC International.
The hearing continues before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali on Tuesday (April 30).