by RAHIMI YUNUS / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI
A BOMB hoax interrupted the 44th day of Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak’s SRC International Sdn Bhd trial as a witness told the court about Low Taek Jho or Jho Low’s instructions over the former prime minister’s bank statements.
The Kuala Lumpur (KL) Court Complex received the threat at about 12.30pm yesterday before everyone was asked to evacuate the building.
High Court judge Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali, who presided over Najib’s SRC case, ordered the courtroom to be cleared and adjourned the proceeding.
Sentul police chief assistant commissioner S Shanmugamoorthy said the Taman Tun Dr Ismail police station received an anonymous phone call from a man at about 11am.
He added that police of various units were dispatched to the scene before conducting a security sweep, but found nothing suspicious.
“The bomb squad and K-9 unit have scoured the area, checking strategic locations and along the perimeter, including the interior where interesting cases are being heard or tried.
“We have not found anything wrong and at this point it is clear, and I am satisfied with the current situation,” Shanmugamoorthy told a press conference.
He also said investigations are ongoing to track down the unknown caller. Earlier, the prosecution’s 54th witness, Joanna Yu Ging Ping, said Jho Low had insisted that Najib’s credit card statements should not be delivered to the latter’s private residence in Jalan Duta, KL.
Yu, who is the former relationship manager for Najib’s accounts at AmBank Group, testified that Jho Low had always asked for those documents to be collected.
“No, no, no…do not send the statements to Najib’s house…super sensitive. We would collect it,” defence counsel Harvinderjit Singh read out an excerpt of communications between Yu and Jho Low during cross-examination. Yu, 48, replied in the affirmative.
“Jho Low also said credit card statements must never go to the house,” Harvinderjit continued.
“Yes, they always collected the statements,” Yu said.
Yu also testified that Jho Low had asked her to delete BlackBerry Messenger messages between the two dated March 3, 2015.
The 48-year-old banker said Jho Low told her not to disclose Najib’s name whenever there were funds coming into his AmBank accounts.
Najib, 66, is facing three counts of criminal breach of trust, one charge of abusing his position and three counts of money laundering over SRC funds amounting to RM42 million.