RM3.3 million spent in one day using Najib’s credit card: Witness

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Malaysia’s High Court yesterday heard that two credit cards belonging to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak were used to spend RM3.3 million in one day, in De Grisogono, a Swiss luxury jeweller, in Italy in 2014.

This was revealed by senior Vice-President of Ambank in charge of credit card authorisation and fraud management Yeoh Eng Leong, 58, on the 37th day of the former premier’s trial in relation to the misappropriation of RM42 million of SRC International Sdn Bhd’s funds.

The 47th prosecution witness said RM456,360.51 was spent using the Visa Platinum credit card and RM2,864,309.54 using the Master Platinum credit card.

The witness said the shopping spree took place on August 8, 2014.

He said so during examination-in-chief by Deputy Public Prosecutor Budiman Lufti Mohamed.

Budiman Lutfi: How much is the limitation of both cards?

Yeoh: The combined limit was RM3 million.

Budiman Lutfi: Any payment made for the amount?

Yeoh: Yes. For visa card, (payment of) RM449,586.95 was made while for Mastercard RM2,833,147.21.

The witness also said that in early January 2015, another RM466,330.11 was spent at Chanel, an exclusive boutique in Honolulu, the United States, using the cards.

He said the cards were also used to pay RM127,017.46 at the Shangri-La Hotel in the Thai capital.

Meanwhile, when cross-examined by Najib’s lawyer Harvinderjit Singh, the witness agreed that according to the credit card statement dated April 2015, the last payment was made by Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil (former CEO of SRC).

During re-examination by Budiman Lutfi, Yeoh said all the payments came from Najib’s Ambank current account ending with number 880.

He also pointed out that Najib did not take any action regarding the credit card statements.

Najib, 66, is facing three counts of criminal breach of trust, one count of abusing his position and three counts of money laundering involving SRC International Sdn Bhd funds amounting to RM42 million.

The hearing before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali continues.