Witness: Shamsubahrin withdrew RM1.5m over a few days
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 — A bank officer told the Sessions Court here that businessman Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail had withdrawn RM1.5 million from his account across a period of a few days at the end of last year.
Maybank Petaling Jaya branch, assistant manager Mazlina Mustafar, 40, said the withdrawals included the sums of RM167,042 and RM138,042 which were then paid to FA Automobile (Ipoh) Sdn Bhd on December 6, 2011 via Debit Advice.
The eighth prosecution witness also said Shamsubahrin withdrew RM200,000 in cash on December 6, 2012 for a bank draft.
The three transactions were conducted through his Maybank account which was opened on June 23, 2003, she said.
“Shamsubahrin also withdrew RM100,000 via an inter-bank transfer to his RHB account,” she said during examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Robert Pasang Alam.
She was testifying at the trial of Shamsubahrin, who was charged with 17 counts of money laundering amounting to RM1.755 million under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001.
Shamsubahrin, 46, is also facing five counts under the Penal Code, of cheating National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFC) executive chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh into agreeing to pay him (Shamsubahrin) a fee for the same sum last year in return for an advisory and consulting service.
Mazlina also informed the court that the RM1.5 million in Shamsubahrin’s account was deposited via Debit Advice in the form of three cheques.
She said the cheques were from National Meat & Livestock Corporation Sdn Bhd for RM500,000 and RM300,000 and RM700,000 from Real Food Company Sdn Bhd, dated December 2 and 6, 2011.
“Before the cheques were received, the balance in Shamsubahrin’s account on November 21, 2011 was only RM2.31,” she said in response to Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Prosecution Unit chief, Datuk Abdul Razak Musa.
Meanwhile, ninth prosecution witness Maybank TTDI Jaya branch, Shah Alam, assistant manager Mohd Hatta Hassan, 40, said there was a cash deposit of RM50,000 into Suzana Abdul Aziz’s account on November 25 last year.
He said there was also a transfer of RM200,000 into Suzana’s account from Shamsubahrin’s account on December 6 last year.
Responding to DPP Anslem Charles Fernandis, 10th prosecution witness Thomas a/l Piacha Simon Pereira, 49, a taxi driver with Awana Sutera Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd owned by Sahmsubahrin, said Suzana was Shamsubahrin’s wife.
The trial resumes on November 5 before Judge Rozilah Salleh. — Bernama