Jho Low insisted Najib's bank statements not be sent to PM's residence

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KUALA LUMPUR - The High Court heard that fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, insisted that the bank statements of Datuk Seri Najib Razak should not be sent to the former prime minister's residence on Jalan Duta.

Joanna Yu, a former relationship manager at AmBank Bhd, confirmed that Low said this in an e-mail exchange between them.

Under cross-examination by defence counsel Harvinderjit Singh, Yu agreed that Low wrote, "No, do not send statements to his house."

"Super sensitive," Low's e-mail also said.

This exchange took place in 2011, Yu confirmed.

She said Low said this in response to her request for the contact details of Najib's personal assistant.

Harvinderjit: (He also wrote) Credit card statement (must) never go to the house?

Yu: They always collected (the statements).

Harvinderjit: Jho (Low) insisted?

Yu: Yes, and the mandate holder too.

The mandate holder at that time was former SRC International chief executive officer Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil, the court had heard earlier.

Earlier, the court was told that it was Low who informed Yu that Najib wanted to open an account with Ambank. This allegedly took place around Jan 13, 2011, Yu confirmed.

Harvinderjit: Did Jho (Low) said he wanted savings and current?

Yu: We just gave both.

Harvinderjit: Did Jho (Low) tell you at that time that the reason for the account was that Najib was waiting for donations from Saudi Arabia?

Yu: I only found out later when I saw the letters.

Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali then adjourned the proceedings at 12.15pm as there was a bomb threat in the court building.

Trial will continue in the afternoon.

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