Tuesday, November 12

I did not leak 1MDB messages thread to The Wall Street Journal — Witness


KUALA LUMPUR: A digital analyst from Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) denies leaking messages relating to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) probe from Ambank Relationship Manager, Joanna Yu to business-focus American based newspaper, The Wall Street Journal.

Suzairizman Shuib, 40, was questioned by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s lawyer, Harvinderjit Singh during cross-examination following a series of articles that were published in the newspaper back in 2015.

“The leakage of What’sapp or Blackberry Messenger (BBM) messages did not come from me,” he said, adding that he gave the copy of the transcript to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Harvinderjit: You said only you and MACC have the transcript, are you saying the leakage did not come from your side?

Suzairizman: That’s definitely not me.

The 46th prosecution witness is attached to the digital forensics section in BNM financial intelligence and enforcement department.

Earlier, Harvinderjit questioned the witness on the method he used for extracting information from the seized digital gadgets from Joanna and two other Ambank relationship managers, Krystle Yap and Daniel Lee.

“If we could not determine the content of the transcript, it was best to use Notepad as it was the most safe application there was. Like I said in my report, in order for me to analyse it I had to format it into human-readable format,” he said.

However, the witness said some of the contacts were left as empty because it could not be matched, as it was not saved in the contact list.

Najib, 66, faces three counts of criminal breach of trust, one charge of power abuse and three counts of money laundering involving SRC International Sdn Bhd funds totalling RM42 million.

The trial before High Court Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali continues July 15. – Bernama