The progress of the case against two former judicial officers. Evidence of the last few Prosecution witnesses from Standard Chartered Bank, SCB and Baiduri Bank were heard yesterday in the trial against Ramzidah binti Pehin Datu Kesuma Diraja Retired Colonel Hj Abdul Rahman and Hj Nabil Daraina bin Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin in the High Court.
A bank teller from SCB confirmed processing a deposit transaction in the amount of 291,000 dollars into the Defendants’ joint account consisting of 12 pieces of 10,000 dollars notes, 60 pieces of 1,000 dollars notes, 142 pieces of 500 dollars notes and 4 hundred pieces of 100 dollars notes. The cash deposit was made on 4th December 2015 with an alleged source of fund from “Home savings”. According to the 10 thousand dollars report submitted to Authority Monetary Brunei Darussalam, AMBD, the deposit was made by the First Defendant. On 17th March 2016, another bank teller from the same Bank processed a cash deposit of 300,000 dollars consisting of 30 pieces of ten thousand dollars notes allegedly derived from “Share of Sale of property owned by parents” and also “sales of car”. Accordingly, the depositor’s information was keyed into the Bank’s 10,000 dollars report and was reflected to be the Second Defendant. It was suggested by Simon Farrell QC that the only reason why the Second Defendant’s name was keyed in into the report was because his name appeared first before the First Defendant’s name in the bank account to which the witness agreed. On re-examination by Jonathan Caplan QC on behalf of the Prosecution, he clarified that the name entered into the report was based on the identification card handed over to him.
Evidence produced by an SCB teller also showed that the First Defendant made an application for an overseas remittance in the amounts of 100,000 pounds, approximately 170,000 dollars and 150,000 pound, approximately 255,000 dollars in December 2016 and December 2017 respectively. The teller processed the transaction and the said amounts were remitted to the Defendants’ joint account in Bank in the United Kingdom. CCTV extractions were played in Court which shows a clip from 9th June 2017 of what the Prosecution says is the Second Defendant depositing money into the Cash Deposit Machine, CDM of SCB. Another clip then shows both Defendants depositing cash into two separate SCB CDMs on 8th December 2017. The last clip played showed the two Defendants depositing cash into the SCB CDM on 10th December 2017.
Source: Radio Television Brunei