1MDB trial: Prosecution to call Zeti to answer allegations Jho Low visited her

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Defence claimed Low was a frequent visitor to Zeti’s house.

The prosecution in Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) corruption trial will be calling former Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz to testify, the High Court heard.

Lead prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram informed the court that Zeti would be called as a witness after her name came up during a cross-examination of witness Cheah Tek Kuang by Najib’s lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

Muhammad Shafee was asking Cheah, who was a former managing director at AmBank, on Zeti’s connection with fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, or better known as Jho Low.

The lawyer had begun the cross-examination by asking Cheah about the purported letters from the Saudi royal family to Najib where the letters stated that the former prime minister would be getting millions in recognition of his work to the Islamic world.

Cheah agreed that he handed over two such letters to Zeti to inform her about incoming monies into Najib’s bank account with AmBank.

Muhammad Shafee: Have you ever visited the former governor’s house?

Cheah: Once during a Hari Raya celebration.

Muhammad Shafee: Did you see Jho Low anytime at the house?

Cheah: No. I am very sure.

Muhammad Shafee: I got reliable information that Jho Low is a frequent visitor to Zeti’s house.

Cheah: I am not aware.

At this point, Sri Ram interjected and told the court that the prosecution intended to call Zeti.

“We are calling the former governor so these questions can be addressed to her. She’s got the answer,” he said.

Last week, Cheah, who is the 39th prosecution witness, testified that he was involved in assisting Najib with opening a current account with AmBank to receive USD$100 million from Saudi Arabia.

He also testified that he had met with Zeti to inform the former governor of the opening of the account and the money that was coming in.

Hari Anggara

“Zeti took note of the matter and asked that it be done in accordance with the existing regulations of the bank and the central bank,” Cheah said then.

Najib, 69, is facing four charges of using his position to obtain bribes totalling RM2.28 billion from 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.

The hearing continues before Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah on Wednesday (Oct 12). – The Star