Amhari took US$200,000 loan from Jho Low

Amhari took US$200,000 loan from Jho Low

KUALA LUMPUR: Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin revealed that he opted to take a loan from elusive fugitive businessman, Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low after his attempts to gain a loan from banks failed.

Amhari received US$200,000 in 2010, equivalent to RM600,000 in 2010.  He had planned to repay the sum after selling his Kota Damansara home for approximately RM800,000.

The US$200,000 was transferred into his Maybank account from a company named Alsen Chance.

He howevernever repaid the loan. He said that he failed to sell his house, and that Low declined an offer to transfer ownership to him.

“After that, I tried again (to repay Low). I told him we can transfer the house. He said ‘take your time’,” Amhari testified.

Earlier on he testified that two of his superiors advised him against listening to Jho Low.

His two superiors were Ab Aziz Kassim and the late Azlin Alias.  Ab Aziz was then Najib Abdul Razak’s chief private secretary, while Azlin was Amhari’s immediate superior at the Economic Division of the PMO.

Amhari sought their opinion after Low told him that Najib approved his attendance at a meeting on the Terengganu Investment Authority Bhd (TIA) – the forerunner of 1MDB – on behalf of the then-deputy prime minister.

Shafee: My logical question is this, over a not so critical issue, you thought it was important to check what Low said. And then you were advised by no less than the two persons – Ab Aziz and Azlin – not to listen to anybody else but Najib. You were advised long ago not to listen to Low.

Amhari: Yes.

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