Crime & Courts

More than RM1 mil deposited into Rosmah's account between 2014 and 2017 – Banker

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of RM1,098,200 was deposited into Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor's bank account through a cash deposit machine (CDM) in a span of four years, the High Court heard today.

Affin Bank CDM assistant manager Nor Ashikin Abdullah said the funds were remitted in stages into Rosmah's account between 2014 and 2017.

The 58-year-old banker said the bank's anti-money laundering unit (AMLA) on Nov 9, 2018, had requested information on transaction records for cash deposits using the CDM for Rosmah's account.

"I printed a cash deposit transaction report as requested and handed it over to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)," she said when testifying in Rosmah's money laundering trial involving RM7.1 million.

Earlier, Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib in his opening statement contended that the accused received millions of ringgit despite being unemployed.

He said the wife of former minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak also never disclosed to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) about the monies she received.

"At all times material to the charges before the court, the accused was not gainfully employed.

"She, therefore, had no independent source of any lawful income.

"Yet, during the relevant period she caused large sums of money to be deposited into her current account at Affin Bank.

"The sums deposited are wholly disproportionate to the accused's means," he said.

Akram said the accused used the services of Seri Perdana Complex residential house manager Roslan Sohari to make these deposits on her behalf.

The monies, he said, were subsequently utilised by the accused to pay telephone and credit card bills incurred by the accused and members of her family.

"She did this through cheques which she signed.

"The prosecution will prove that the accused made false statements about the monies when she was investigated by the MACC.

"It is the prosecution's case that when the totality of the evidence is considered as a whole, the conduct of the accused in all the circumstances of the case fairly supports the irresistible inference that the deposits in question were proceeds of unlawful activity contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

"The evidence that the prosecution will produce will equally establish that the deposits in question can be reasonably believed to be property that are proceeds of unlawful activity," he added.

Rosmah is facing 12 charges of money laundering involving RM7,097,750 and five charges of failing to declare her income to the IRB.

She is accused of committing the offences between Dec 4, 2013, and June 8, 2017.

The trial before Judge Muniandy Kannyappan continues on Sept 7.

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