Najib’s stepson wants money laundering rap to be reappraised

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  • Saturday, 07 Dec 2019

Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz

KUALA LUMPUR: Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz, who is the stepson of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, has filed a representation to the Attorney General’s Chambers for a review of the money laundering charges, involving US$248mil (RM1.25bil) which was allegedly misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), against him.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohamad Mustaffa P. Kunyalam said this to reporters after the case management, which was held in chambers before Sessions Court judge Rozina Ayob yesterday.

He said the letter of representation was sent to the AGC last Nov 18.

He said the court set Dec 13 for further case management to know the status on the representation.

Also present during the proceedings was lawyer Datuk Hariharan Tara Singh, representing Riza, 42.

Mohamad Mustaffa said the prosecution had to submit several documents related to the case to the defence as required under Section 51A of the Criminal Procedure Code.

“There are several documents to be submitted, and we will also submit the witness list during the case management (Dec 13), while the witness statements will be submitted two weeks prior to the hearing, ” he added.

On Aug 9, Sessions Court Judge Rozina Ayob set Jan 6 to 9 and Jan 13 to 16 for the trial.

Riza, who is the owner of Red Granite Pictures, pleaded not guilty to five charges on July 5.

The charges came under Section 4(1) (a) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act, which carries a fine not exceeding RM5mil or imprisonment not exceeding five years, or both upon conviction. — Bernama

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