KUALA LUMPUR – The eight witness of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial told the court that he was shocked to find US$884,996.78 in his BSI Switzerland bank account.
Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin, 43, who is also the former special aide to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that he was informed about the balance by an officer from BSI.
“At that time, the officer asked if I knew the balance of my account. I told him I knew nothing about it. He told me that there was USD884,996.78 in my banking account.
“I was shocked as I did not know anything about the money in my account. I asked the officer about the money deposited into my account. However, he said that he will contact me again.
“In another incident, I was contacted by the bank officer from BSI and I was informed that my relationship with the bank has ended and I was asked to transfer the money into a company under my name, or another account under my name.
“I referred the matter to Jho Low as I was instructed to contact him if anything arises from the account,” he said before High Court Judge Collin Lawrence.
Besides power abuse in receiving RM2.3 billion of 1MDB funds, Najib is also facing 21 charges of money laundering on the similar amount.
Najib who was seated at the accused dock appeared calm while Amhari read out his testimony.
Amhari then continued to disclose that Jho Low also instructed him to open a banking account in Shanghai as they had dealings in China and there were needs to go there.
“Once again, Jho Low said that the account could not be open and he was ordered to go to Bangkok to open an account in Kasikorn Bank.
“The process to open the account was assisted by a Thai citizen named Oada, an acquaintance of Jho Low and not the bank officer. I could not remember his name. The account in Bangkok was successfully opened at that time.
“During my work visit to Dubai on 28 September 2016, I sent a letter to BSI Switzerland through fax at the Shangri-La Hotel in Dubai to transfer the money in BSI to Kasikorn Bank and to close the BSI account,” he said.
Amhari was also directed not to send the fax using a Malaysian number.
“However, I was informed by BSI later that the transfer was not successful. I was told about the temporary delay and the bank officer will contact me again if there was any development.
“I informed Jho Low about what happened and he told me that he will resolve the issue on my behalf. Until now, I do not know what happened to the money in that account,” he claimed.
At the same time, Amhari also claimed that he has never withdrew any money from that account for his personal use or transfer the money to his other accounts nor to anyone else.
The account was fully managed by Jho Low and according to Amhari, he never asked Najib about the money in his account.
“Datuk Azlin also dared not ask about it and I remembered him saying that the account was not only for political funds. If I question about something as confidential as this or raise my disagreement, it could bring threats to my job, status or my family,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette