Datuk Seri Najib Razak arriving at the Kuala Lumpur High Court this morning. (Photographer: Suhaimi Mohd Yusuf/The Edge)
Datuk Seri Najib Razak. (Photographer: Suhaimi Mohd Yusuf/The Edge)
Prosecution witness no. 48: Former CEO of Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia Ung Su Ling. (Photographer: Suhaimi Mohd Yusuf/The Edge)
Attorney-General Tommy Thomas. (Photographer: Suhaimi Mohd Yusuf/The Edge)
KUALA LUMPUR (July 16): Former Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia chief executive officer Ung Su Ling is expected to take the stand at the High Court here this morning as the prosecution's 49th witness in the SRC International Sdn Bhd trial involving Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
The prosecution team had indicated yesterday that they could finish the examination-in-chief of Ung during the short trial session today that is expected to end at 11am as Najib, who is also Pekan MP, has been allowed by the court to go to Parliament to debate the bill for constitutional amendments on lowering the voting age to 18.
Yesterday had seen four prosecution witnesses testify, namely Bank Negara Malaysia analyst Shuzairizman Shuib, AmBank's electronic transfer and securities unit manager Wedani Senen, AmBank vice president Yeoh Eng Leng and lawyer Mohd Shuhaimi Ismail.
Wedani, the prosecution's 24th witness who had been recalled, told the court that the RM50 million deposited into Najib's account from Vista Equity International Partners and BlackRock Commodities Global Ltd between June and early December 2014 was for loans and not donation as claimed by the former premier.
Yeoh meanwhile told the court that Najib has been issued with two Platinum Visa and Mastercard from AmBank, which were used from 2011 to 2015, and at one instance during a trip to Italy he had spent €563,500 or RM3.3 million to purchase luxury jewellery at De Grisorgono in 10 separate transactions in a day in August 2014.
The witness also testified that the former premier had also spent US$130,625 on a Chanel watch while on a trip to Honolulu, Hawaii, in December 2014, a date that corresponds with his visit there to play golf with then US President Barrack Obama.
Ung's testimony today is seen as vital, as she is the link with Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd's managing director Datuk Dr Shamsul Anwar Sulaiman to deposit money allegedly from SRC to Najib's accounts.
Shamsul had previously testified that he was asked by Ung to deposit the money to an AmBank account number not knowing that it belonged to Najib.
The Ihsan Perdana MD told the court that had he known the accounts belong to Najib he would not have deposited the amount.
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