The High Court hearing the case of former Felda chairman Shahrir Ab Samad was told today that a check in the amount of RM118,485 had been deposited in a public bank account in the name of an automobile company.
Seah Yeow Hwee, 59, Banking Manager of Public Bank Berhad at Taman Sentosa branch in Johor Bahru, said that based on a copy of the bank statement, there was an incoming transaction on the account of the Public Bank on December 27, 2013.
“I confirm that this is a copy of a Public Islamic Bank check payable to Sutera Auto Sdn Bhd in the amount of RM118,485.00 dated 21st December 2013. Based on the stamp on the back of the check I confirm that this check was deposited in the public bank account in the name of Sutera Auto Sdn Bhd,” he said.
The 14th prosecution witness said this while reading his witness statement in the trial of Shahrir, who is accused of not having declared the million RM he received from former Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in the Inland Revenue Board.
In previous proceedings, Rozana Khalid, Account Manager at Sutera Auto Sdn Bhd, told the court that Shahrir made full payment for the purchase of a Honda Civic Hybrid car worth RM118,485 using a check.
The prosecution, in its opening statement, had said that it would prove that Shahrir was directly involved in money laundering activities when he obtained money from Najib in the amount of RM1 million and l ‘ deposited in his public Islamic bank account by a check dated November 27, 2013. .
Seah, who worked at Public Bank Berhad for 38 years, agreed with Shahrir’s lawyer, Syahrul Syazwan Salehin, that based on a copy of the check and the bank statement, the RM118,485 transaction went through. went through without any problems.
Syahrul Syazwan: Based on the documents, which are copies of a check and bank statement, no issues were raised in this transaction (RM118,485) regarding money laundering at that time?
Seah: Nothing suspicious.
Another lawyer representing Shahrir, Syed Faisal Al-Edros Syed Abdullah Al-Edros asked the prosecution to prepare witness statements for the witnesses to be called and hand them over to the defence, as the statements of two witnesses who had testified before that were not provided. .
“We are also asking that more witnesses can be called (on the day of the trial) so that the process (of the trial) can be expedited,” he said.
Judge Muhammad Jamil Hussin asked the prosecution to take note of the issue raised by the defence.
Deputy Attorney General Mohd ‘Afif Ali said his side was aware of the case and would call six other witnesses to testify, including three important ones.
Shahrir, 72, is charged with money laundering for failing to declare his actual income in the tax return form for the assessment year 2013, for the RM million received through a check from Najib, believed to be from illegal activities, which violates Section 113(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act 1967.
He was charged with committing the offense at the Duta branch of LHDN at the government office complex on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim in Kuala Lumpur on April 25, 2014.
The charge, made under section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Proceeds of Illegal Activities Act 2001, carries a maximum fine of 5 million RM, or a term of imprisonment of up to five years, or both. , if found guilty.
The trial before Judge Muhammad Jamil continues on October 3. – Bernama, September 7, 2022.