Najib received RM60.6 million from ‘Prince Faisal’, court told

A prosecution witness in Najib Razak’s 1MDB trial says the former prime minister received over RM60.6 million in his personal bank account via two transactions, in February and June 2011. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 18, 2023.

A BANK Negara Malaysia (BNM) analyst told the Kuala Lumpur High Court today that a personal bank account belonging to Najib Razak saw inflow over RM60.6 million via two transactions in February and June 2011.

Adam Ariff Mohd Roslan, 29, said according to his analysis, the former prime minister received RM60,629,839.43 from Prince Faisal bin Turkey bin Bandar Alsaud through transactions made on February 23, 2011 and June 13 in the same year.

The 47th prosecution witness said this when verifying the money trail report at Najib’s trial involving the alleged misappropriation of RM2.3 billion of 1MDB funds.

He also said, the ordering customer’s (Prince Faisal) bank account number was the same Riyad Bank account number that Good Star Ltd had sent funds to earlier.

Good Star Ltd is a company owned by fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low.

“The Riyad Bank account transferred funds to Najib’s account within one to three business days after Good Star Ltd sent funds to the Riyad Bank account.

“Based on the proximity between the dates that Good Star Ltd sent the funds to the Riyad Bank account and the dates the Riyad Bank account sent funds to Najib’s account, as well as the proximity of the value of funds sent to the Riyad Bank account and the value of funds it transferred to Najib’s account, it is reasonably believed that the Riyad Bank account was used as a pass-through account to transfer monies from Good Star Ltd originated from the subject matter,” said Adam Ariff.

Earlier, Adam testified that in the span of three years (from 2009 to 2011), Good Star Ltd received over US$810 million from 1MDB.

“Examination of Good Star’s bank statement for account no. 11116073, which includes the US dollar current account no. 11116073.2000 and CHF (Swiss franc) current account no. 11116073.2007, confirms the receipt of the funds from 1MDB and Petrosaudi International Ltd (PSI) director Tarek Obaid,” he said.

The witness added that 1MDB had transferred US$700,000,000 and US$110,000,000 into the RBS Coutts account belonging to Good Star.

“Prior to the US$700 million from 1MDB, the balance in the Good Star account was zero,” he said.

Najib, 70, faces four charges of using his position to obtain bribes amounting to RM2.3 billion belonging to 1MDB and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.

The trial before judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah continues tomorrow. – Bernama, September 18, 2023.

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