KUALA LUMPUR — April 17, 2019: Fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho alias Jho Low, who is central to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, was mentioned on the fourth day of the trial by defence counsel Harvinderjit Singh when he cross-examination a Bank Negara Malaysia manager, Ahmad Farhan Sharifuddin, who ordered the raid at an AmBank branch in July 2015.
Farhan testified that he did not find Low’s name anywhere or about 1MDB itself during his investigation.
When asked if he had heard anything from the bank’s relationship manager Joanna Yu about Low or 1MDB, Farhan replied in the negative.
The counsel was about to continue his cross-examination when prosecutor Datuk Ishak Mohd. Yusoff stood up to object on grounds of relevance but Harvinderjit responded that his questions relating to 1MDB were only on how the state fund operated.
Harvinderjit also showed excerpts from the Asian Wall Street Journal’s reports on the book “Billion Dollar Whale” which revealed there was telephone communication between Low and Yu regarding money deposited into AmBank.
The book was authored by WSJ reporters Tom Wright and Bradley Hope and gives a detailed account on the 1MDB scandal, alleging that Najib channeled over RM 2.67 billion from 1MDB to his personal bank accounts.
Also today, Judge Mohd. Nazlan Mohd. Ghazali allowed an application for Farhan to produce evidence detailing the contacts between Yu and Low when he ruled that this was relevant to the defence
In his testimony, Farhan said he had obtained the evidence from Yu during the raid at the bank’s branch.
Nazlan said Najib’s lawyers need the emails and Blackberry phone conversations that Farhan had seized from Yu.
Besides Jho Low, Harvinderjit mentioned the names of Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil, Jerome Lee Tak Loong, Terrence Geh Choh Heng, Jasmine Loo Ai Swan, Shahrol Azral Ibrahim, Mohammed Azhar Osman Khairuddin, Tan Sri Ismee Ismail and See Yoke Peng.
Attorney-General Tommy Thomas objected and said the whole discussion only began when the witness said the seized items are under his custody.
Najib, 66, is facing three counts of criminal breach of trust, one charge of abusing his position and three counts of money laundering of SRC International Sdn. Bhd. money amounting to RM42 million. — Bernama