Prosecution Concludes Its Evidence from BIBD

The progress of the case against two former judicial officers. The Prosecution yesterday concluded its evidence from Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, BIBD in the case 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.

Jonathan Caplan QC read out a statement of the Head of Collection and Recovery Department of BIBD which oversees the Bankruptcy Unit. In her statement, the witness confirmed surrendering three letters to the Anti-Corruption Bureau, ACB which were received from the First Defendant to inform BIBD that the cash withdrawn from the Official Receiver's account were placed in a fixed deposit account. However, over the period when she headed the Department since 2010, BIBD has never received any instructions from any Deputy Official Receiver, DOR or the Court to open a fixed deposit account under their name or under the name of the persons under Receiving Order in BIBD. Further, to her knowledge, no such fixed deposit account under any of the DOR exists in BIBD.

Bank tellers from Standard Chartered, SCB gave evidence regarding deposit transactions processed into the Defendant's joint account which involves the use of $10,000 notes. One of the witnesses recalled that the account holder came personally and he noted down the identification card number and date of birth of the customer. The Prosecution's case is that the information noted down corresponds to that of the Second Defendant. During cross-examination, Simon Farrell QC argued that the witness cannot remember who came to deposit the money as it was an incident back in 2015. He further suggested that the information noted down by the witness could have been from the system as opposed to looking at a physical identification card. The witness maintained that transactions involving large amounts will usually require sighting of the identification card.

Evidence of Compliance Officers from BIBD, Baiduri Bank and SCB were also heard in Court today. Each officer described their duties involving the reporting of the use of $10,000 bank notes issued and received by the bank to the Authority Monetary Brunei Darussalam, AMBD in the ordinary course of business. According to the reports submitted by BIBD, 194 pieces of $10,000 bank notes were issued to the First Defendant over the period between 2012 and 2017. Between November 2012 and December 2017, the report showed that SCB received 49 and 52 pieces of $10,000 notes from the First Defendant and Second Defendant respectively. The Prosecution played two audio call-backs by SCB associated with high-value telegraphic transfer transactions made by the Second Defendant. The call-backs were to confirm the Second Defendant's identity to verify a telegraphic transfer instruction made online for two transfers of B$45,000 to the Second Defendant's HSBC account in the UK on 15th June 2014 and 1st September 2014. The hearing continues again tomorrow at 9 in the morning.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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