Najib never directed 1MDB management to transfer US$1.03 billion to Jho Low’s company – Witness

Najib never directed 1MDB management to transfer US$1.03 billion to Jho Low’s company – Witness

KUALA LUMPUR: Today, the High Court was notified that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak never directed any member of the management team of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) to transfer US$1.03 billion to Good Star Limited. Good Star Limited is owned by businessman and man on the run, Low Taek Jho, also referred to as Jho Low.

The 37-year-old senior officer of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Nur Aida Arifin, made this statement in response to questions from Najib’s lawyer Wan Azwan Aiman Wan Fakhruddin about transactions that occurred between 2009 and 2010.

Wan Azwan Aiman: Do you agree that former Chief Executive Officer of 1MDB Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi, former Chief Operating Officer of 1MDB Radhi Mohamad, former Director of Finance of 1MDB Terrence Geh Choh Heng, and former Executive Director of 1MDB Casey Tang Keng Chee were the individuals who allowed the money to be transferred to the account of Good Star?

Nur Aida: Based on documents, yes.

Wan Azwan Aiman: Do you agree that Najib never directed any individual from the management of 1MDB to transfer US$1.03 billion to Good Star? Nur Aida: Agree.

In her previous statement, Nur Aida—the 49th prosecution witness—confirmed that US$1.03 billion was transferred to Good Star’s account and that the company had no commercial affiliation with 1MDB.

Two transactions totaling US$330 million in May 2011 and US$700 million in September 2009 saw the funds moved to Good Star’s account.

Good Star closed its account at Coutts on September 4, 2013, and the company was dissolved on May 2, 2014.

Earlier, Judge Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah set three new trial dates for April 30, May 2, and May 31. Najib, 70, faces four charges of using his position to obtain bribes totaling RM2.3 billion from 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.

Tomorrow, the trial will resume.

-Agency

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