Former BSI banker Yeo Jiawei urged colleagues to lie to the police about certain fund flows linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a court heard Thursday.
Samuel Goh Sze-Wei, 41, formerly the head of agency distribution at NTUC Income, but who is now unemployed said Yeo told him: “If we go through this, we’ll live together. If we die, we die together.”
He was giving evidence in the trial of Yeo who faces four counts of perverting the course of justice by allegedly urging witnesses to lie to the police while out on bail after being arrested on March 17 in connection with money laundering.
Charges of money laundering, cheating and forgery will be dealt with in a separate trial next year, according to a report in The Straits Times.
In 2012, Yeo allegedly asked Goh to be an intermediary to facilitate payments from a 1MDB-linked shell company to entities controlled by Yeo and Yeo’s then BSI supervisor Kevin Swampillai, via another shell company, Bridge Global Managers.
Goh told the court, on day four of the trial, that he had “reluctantly” met Yeo and Swampillai, after 9pm on March 27 at the Swiss Club, where Swampillai was a member.
” Yeo said it was time that we meet to hold hands and come up with a story explaining… the whole schematics of how the monies received by Bridge Global Managers were actually my monies,” Goh testified.
“Yeo remarked that we should hold hands; if we go through this, we’ll live together. If we die, we die together,” The ST report quoted Goh as saying.
According to the ST report he said he had had meetings with Yeo between 2012 and 2014, “whenever Yeo called for them”. These were usually held “quite late after work”.
To a question from Yeo’s lawyer, Philip Fong, as to whether he could recall when Yeo had sought his assistance to set up a fund for Aabar Investments PJS Limited, Goh said he knew the client as Aabar but was not familiar with the full name, Aabar Investments PJS Limited.
In April, Abu Dhabi’s state fund denied any connection with this entity, which has a near-identical name to one of its own units, Aabar Investments PJS.
Goh will take the stand again next Monday.
Source : FMT Online