KUALA LUMPUR: Sessions Court has set 15 July to hear the representation by the defence to the Attorney General's Chamber to review the money-laundering charges against lawyer Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun.
Hafarizam, who is Umno's legal adviser, was charged on Feb 21 with two counts of money laundering by the depositing a total of RM15mil from Datuk Seri Najib Razak into his law firm’s bank account.
Judge Azman Ahmad set the July 15 date after Deputy Public Prosecutor Ashrof Adrin Kamarul informed the court that the Attorney General's Chamber had yet to make a decision on the matter.
"The decision was supposed to come in today (June 27), but the AGC has yet to make a decision.
"So we are asking for another date," said DPP Ashrof.
The representation letter was sent by Hafarizam's counsels to the AGC to ask for the charges against Hafarizam to be reviewed.
Lawyer Datuk Hasnal Rezua Merican, who represented Hafarizam, then stood up to confirm what Ashrof said.
When met outside the court, Hasnal said that the representation was filed on May 5.
The first charge against Hafarizam was that he had allegedly deposited proceeds of unlawful activity totalling RM11.5mil through two AmIslamic Bank Bhd cheques belonging to Najib into the client account of his law firm at CIMB Bank Bhd between April 16 and Nov 4, 2014.
On the second charge, Hafarizam was accused of the same offence involving RM3.5mil, which he allegedly deposited via a cheque from Najib into the same client account on Feb 12, 2015.
The charges were under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.
He faces jail of up to 15 years and a fine of no less than five times the sum or value of the proceeds of the unlawful activity or RM5mil, whichever is higher, if convicted.