AmBank founder made no reports prior to murder, IGP says


(Malay Mail Online) – Ambank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi did not lodge any police report alleging of corruption before he was murdered, the Inspector-General of police said when rejecting claims of a conspiracy linked to 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB),

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar rubbished online rumours that Hussain had, prior to his death, lodged reports over the movement of funds involving accounts in his bank purportedly belonging to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“And I confirm there were no police reports — that were allegedly lodged by Hussain Najadi on (July) 26th before he was murdered — in relation to the depositing of money to Bank Negara,” he told reporters here.

Hussain was assassinated on July 29 two years ago while his wife was seriously injured in a shooting in broad daylight, when they emerged from the Kuan Yin Temple in Lorong Ceylon.

Yesterday, DAP’s Lim Kit Siang asked the police to reopen investigations into the AmBank founder’s killing, saying it could help lay to rest rumours of a possible link between the case and the ongoing 1MDB controversy.

The DAP veteran, citing recent allegations in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that billions of ringgit from the state investor were deposited into Najib’s private AmBank accounts, said the police should find out if the unusually large transfer of funds to and from the account had been noticed by the slain banker.

In a report last Friday, the WSJ claimed that a money trail showed that US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) were moved between government agencies, banks and companies before it ended up in Najib’s accounts.

Yesterday, WSJ also uploaded a batch of redacted documents that it said was from a “Malaysian government investigation” to back its report last week, but noted that these papers do not state the original money source or provide further details on the cash after it was allegedly transferred to Najib’s accounts.

The flowcharts and bank documents uploaded by WSJ relate to transactions in March 2013, December 2014 and February 2015 which purportedly ended up in Najib’s accounts in AmIslamic Bank.

A January 2014 letter on the power of attorney over three bank accounts under AmIslamic Bank Berhad — that WSJ said belonged to Najib — was also provided.

Najib has denied taking money for personal gain and categorised the allegations as “political sabotage”.