Witness told to bring evidence of banker’s conversation with Jho Low
5.15pm – Speaking to reporters outside the courtroom Najib’s lead defence counsel Shafee says they needed the evidence seized from Ambank’s relationship manager Yu to prove that the former premier has no knowledge of the purported wrongdoing that he was charged with.
He is commenting on judge Nazlan’s decision to allow the defence’s application for fourth prosecution witness, Bank Negara’s then investigation officer with its Financial Intelligence And Enforcement Department, to produce the documents and other items he seized from Yu in a raid at the bank at Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur, on July 6, 2015.
“It is especially true in this case as he (Najib) does not deal with accounts (at Ambank) directly.
“That is why you see name of Nik Faisal (Ariff Kamil), his secretary who had died, and Jho Low, and what directions they gave the bank (Ambank). That is relevant (to Najib’s defence).
“I know of the (alleged) Blackberry communication as it is (reported by) Sarawak Report, (the book) ‘Billion Dollar Whale’, and all the articles by the Wall Street Journal.
“Those conversations between Joanna Yu and Jho Low is critical as it suggests that Jho Low is trying to tell Joanna about these monetary transactions, make sure prime minister (Najib) does not know,” claims Shafee.
5.00pm – Judge Nazlan allows an application by Najib’s defence team to compel Farhan to produce evidence detailing the conversation between Ambank banker Joanna Yu Ging Ping and fugitive Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low.
In earlier testimony, Farhan testified having gone to Ambank’s Jalan Raja Chulan on July 6, 2015 when the bank was being raided by three separate Bank Negara teams. He said that he had met Yu there, where she had handed over the evidence.
Nazlan rules that the application for the seized documentary evidence held by Farhan is relevant to Najib’s defence.
Harvinderjit tells the court that the defence needs the emails and Blackberry phone that Farhan seized from Ambank’s relationship manager Yu, which may contain conversations between her and Low as well as several individuals linked to the case.
Aside from Low, other names that the lawyer lists out are Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil, Jerome Lee Tak Loong, Terrence Geh Choh Heng, Jasmine Loo Ai Swan, Shahrol Azral Ibrahim, Mohammed Azhar Osman Khairuddin, Ismee Ismail, and See Yoke Peng.
Nazlan remarks that this assumes the witness has the evidence related to the names that can be produced in court, to which Harvinderjit agrees.
Shafee then adds that what the defence seeks also includes official recordings that the bank may have on alleged Blackberry communications with other people in a manner that is not sanctioned by Bank Negara.
However, Nazlan allows the witness time to look through what seized evidence he may in his safekeeping.
The judge then allows the proceedings to resume at 9am tomorrow with a different prosecution witness if Farhan has yet to gather the evidence to be produced in court for Najib’s defence team to scrutinise by then. -mkini
Shafee claims Najib a victim of Jho Low’s conspiracy
Earlier today, during Najib’s corruption trial over RM42 million of ex-1MDB unit SRC International Sdn Bhd’s funds at the High Court, Najib’s lawyers had sought for communication records between Low and AmBank officer Joanna Yu Ging Ping that were seized by Bank Negara Malaysia investigators.
Muhammad Shafee said the communication transcripts would reveal if Najib was in the loop in relation to instructions on banking transactions involving accounts at AmBank and its money source.
“If he is not part of it… he is not in the loop, how can you say whether he is in the know about the [money] source and criminality?
That is the reason why we want the communication,” he said. – MALAY MAIL
MKINI / MALAY MAIL