KUALA LUMPUR: Former Felda chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Abd Samad has pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here Tuesday (Jan 21) on a charge of money laundering involving RM1mil.
Shahrir, who is Johor Baru Umno division chief, was accused of money laundering by not declaring the RM1mil he allegedly received from former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak when filing taxes for the year 2013.
The offence was allegedly committed on April 25,2014, at the Inland Revenue Board branch in Jalan Duta.
Shahrir allegedly received an AmIslamic Bank Berhad cheque of RM1mil on Nov 27,2013 from Najib which was then cashed into Shahrir's Public Islamic Bank account on the next day.
Shahrir, who was clad in a dark blue suit, pleaded not guilty after the charge was read out to him before judge Azura Alwi.
The charge framed under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act (AMLATFPUAA) 2001, carries a maximum fine of RM5 million or an imprisonment not exceeding five years or both, if convicted.
Azura set bail at RM350,000 with one surety and ruled that the passport of the accused must be surrendered.
Deputy public prosecutor Norzilati Izhani Zainal had proposed a bail of RM500,000.
The next case mention has been set for Feb 24.
Earlier, former deputy finance minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan was slapped with two charges at the Sessions Court under the same Act.
Shahrir, along with Umno's Pontian MP Ahmad were separately arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Monday (Jan 20) morning at the graftbuster's headquarters in Putrajaya then later released on bail.
MACC revealed in October last year that 80 entities, including individuals, were given two weeks to pay a total of RM420mil, an amount which was classified as fines for receiving monies from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
The commission named Ahmad and Shahrir as among nine individuals who were slapped with the compounds.
On Jan 6, the MACC said it would challenge a move that was filed against it on the right to issue compounds to recover funds which allegedly originated from 1MDB.
It had been reported that Ahmad and Shahrir were among those challenging the notices issued by MACC.