Datuk Amhari Effendi Nazaruddin
Datuk Amhari Effendi Nazaruddin

By Aathi Shankar

Several original documents of SRC International Sdn Bhd was found in possession of one, namely Rohaya, during a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) raid mid-last year.

Testifying during the Najib-1MDB trial at Kuala Lumpur High Court today, Thursday, September 19, 2019, Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin also put it on record that “Rohaya was my cousin.”

The SRC documents were among a bunch of documents and other items, such as mobile phones and laptops, seized during the MACC raid in Rohaya’s condominium unit in Tropicana here on June 25, 2018.

The MACC had prepared a search list of 28 pages following the raid in Rohaya’s home.

A day before, MACC had detained Amhari and conducted a raid in his home in Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, seizing several mobile phones and laptops.

The 8th prosecution witness said before Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah that he had received those SRC documents from various sources, including from fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low.

It’s learnt that Amhari did not shred the documents safe kept in several boxes.

During the cross examination, he disagreed with the defence suggestion that he had kept the documents as insurance to protect himself in any future wrangle.

The 42-year-old was the former special officer to Datuk Seri Najib Razak who currently faces 25 graft charges pertaining to 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB).

Former Prime Minister Najib is facing four charges of having used his positions to obtain gratification and 21 counts of money laundering involving some RM2.3 billion in 1MDB funds.

The Pekan MP has allegedly committed gratification offences at the AmIslamic Bank Berhad, at No.55, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Ceylon here between Feb 24, 2011 and Dec 19, 2014.

For the money laundering charges, Najib is alleged to have committed the offences at the same bank between March 22, 2013 and Aug 30, 2013.

The defence also exposed Amhari’s links with the “fake” Aabar Investments PJS Ltd (BVI), which allegedly defrauded a payment made by 1MDB.

Documents produced in the court revealed that Tycoon Gain Ltd, allegedly owned by Amhari, held shares in Aabar BVI. Ltd.

Tycoon Gain also wholly owns another British Virgin Islands-based company Aerosphere Ltd.

Amhari admitted in court that he had previously signed several documents to open an Aerosphere bank account in BSI Switzerland before the 13th General Election (GE13) in 2013.

Amhari received more than USD800,000 from Jho Low through that account.

He claimed that the money was supposedly a political donation from Jho Low to Najib.

But Amhari never once reported to Najib about the money nor the account, which he attempted to close in 2015.

Amhari however, refuted the defence claim that he complicit in Jho Low’s financial manipulations to defraud 1MDB.

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