Witnesses testify on SRC, Gandingan transactions

Second prosecution witness testifies that the amount transacted ranged from RM5m to RM40m

by RAHIMI YUNUS / pic BLOOMBERG

Millions of ringgit were transacted between SRC International Sdn Bhd and its unit Gandingan Mentari Sdn Bhd in 2014 and 2015, the High Court heard in the trial yesterday.

Second prosecution witness Azizul Adzani Abdul Ghafar, a manager at Bank Negara Malaysia, testified that the amount transacted (deposit and withdrawals) were ranging from RM5 million to RM40 million.

According to him, the documents were obtained from the manager at AmIslamic Bank Bhd’s branch in Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur, during a raid on July 6, 2015.

During the cross-examination, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak’s defence counsel Harvinderjit Singh questioned Azizul Adzani whether he had asked for specific documents on the transactions.

“Did you ask for the documents related to the transactions with specifics of the amount and date involved?” Harvinderjit asked.

Azizul Adzani replied: “I asked for the documents involving the accounts as stated in the list.”

The 41-year-old officer and his team had collectively acquired information on 12 accounts belonging to Najib, SRC, Gandingan Mentari, Yayasan Gemilang 1Malaysia and Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia.

Azizul Adzani testified to the court that he has no knowledge on a special task force formed in 2015, or on another raid performed by a different team on the same day at the AmIslamic Bank branch.

Azizul Adzani also said his team had waited for about 10 hours until 10.30pm before leaving the bank.

He added that the second or other teams might consist of more than 10 officers, compared to his team of only four persons.

Azizul Adzani said he had lodged a police report on the operation of the day.

Meanwhile, prosecutors called in a third witness to the SRC trial, an analyst at the Financial Intelligence and Enforcement Department of the central bank.

Mohd Nizam Yahya testified on the financial documents related to 14 RENTAS (real-time electronic transfer of funds and securities system) transactions involving Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd’s accounts.

The 39-year-old financial intelligence analyst said information on the transactions were obtained from another operation that he was involved in at the Affin Bank Bhd headquarters in Jalan Raja Chulan on July 6, 2015.

Gandingan Mentari and Ihsan Perdana — purportedly SRC’s corporate social responsibility partner — were alleged to be the vehicles used to channel the funds.

The SRC trial today will continue with cross-examination on Mohd Nizam, particularly on the RENTAS transactions.

The defence will also cross-examine Azizul Adzani on the police report he had made.