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Tuesday May 10, 2011

Decision on money laundering case deferred

KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Hamimah Idruss, the first person to be prosecuted in the country for money laundering involving RM41.3mil, has had her decision delayed by the Sessions Court here as her lawyer has to undergo her fourth operation.

Sessions judge Asmadi Hussin said he would allow the adjournment as Dr Hamimah’s counsel S. Pushpam, who was diagnosed for excessive dehydration, exhaustion and high blood sugar level, had to go for the operation.

“I grant her application as she is the accused’s sole lawyer who has continued to handle this case for years,” said the judge, who received a letter from the hospital.

In the letter, Kinta Medical Centre consultant orthopaedic surgeon Dr Suresh Sammanthamurthy confirmed that Pushpam had been warded at the hospital since April 18 and explained her condition.

Judge Asmadi was scheduled to deliver his decision yesterday after hearing evidence from 54 prosecution witnesses.

The judge set June 21 for decision.

Businesswoman Dr Hamimah, 62, had claimed trial to eight counts of money laundering. She also pleaded not guilty to 10 abetment charges involving US$12mil (RM36mil).

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