Ex-Sabah CM applies to strike out 46 graft and other charges

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  • Saturday, 29 Feb 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman has applied to strike out 46 corruption and money laundering charges related to the awarding of logging concessions in Sabah.

Deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Datuk Umar Saifuddin Jaafar informed High Court judge Datuk Muhammad Jamil that Musa had filed the application on Feb 12 on the grounds that the charges were baseless.

At the same time, Umar Saifuddin told the court that Musa had filed another application on the same day to refer a constitutional issue to the Federal Court in connection with Section 82(2) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

In response to requests from both the prosecution and the defence, Justice Muhammad Jamil granted the parties a two-week period to file their respective affidavits and submissions. He fixed April 22 and 23 for the hearing of both of Musa’s applications.

The court also fixed new dates for the trial originally scheduled for June 8, in response to a request from Musa’s lawyer Francis Ng Aik Guan that both applications filed in Feb 12 be settled first. The new trial dates are Sept 14–18,21–24, Sept 26–30 and Nov 10–27.

Meanwhile, when met by reporters, Umar Saifuddin said the defence was challenging Section 82(2) which authorises a Malaysian diplomatic officer to certify that money laundering charges be brought against an individual in this country although the crimes were committed overseas.

“The defence is alleging that the declaration by our diplomatic officer in Hong Kong was in contravention of the Federal Constitution because such an act is viewed as interfering with the authority of the Attorney General to determine and institute charges, ” the DPP said.

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