Perikatan upholds decision of court in acquitting Musa Aman, says Takiyuddin


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  • Monday, 10 Aug 2020

Former Sabah CM, Tan Sri Musa Aman arrived at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex in Jalan Duta. Azman Ghani / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The Perikatan Nasional government upholds the decision of the court in acquitting Tan Sri Musa Aman from all criminal charges involving corruption and money laundering, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.

The minister in charge of law said Musa’s case was weak, as investigations have found that the case was groundless.

“The main witnesses have passed away, some had serious health issues and every record that can be used as reference documents in Hong Kong no longer exists.

“Because according to the Hong Kong legislation, after three years, every document it has must be destroyed, ” he said during his winding up speech in Parliament on Monday (Aug 10).

Earlier, Takiyuddin said this in response to former deputy minister in charge of law Mohamad Hanipa Maidin, who questioned why Musa was released.

Takiyuddin had given an analogy of Musa’s case, as he hinted that the former Sabah chief minister’s case might have been re-opened by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) due to “political interference” after Pakatan Harapan won GE14.

Following the investigations, Takiyuddin said Musa faced 35 charges under the MACC Act 2009 and 16 charges of money laundering.

Takiyuddin said Musa’s case was first opened by the MACC following complaints in May 2009, where joint investigations were subsequently commenced with the Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

“Because the government that time treated this as a huge case which involved a lot of money and also foreign banking institutions.”

Takiyuddin said after then attorney general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail deliberated the investigation findings, the Attorney General’s Chambers found that funds frozen in Hong Kong amounting to US$47.6mil related to Musa, was deemed to be political funding for Sabah Umno.

In October 2010, Takiyuddin said the ICAC confirmed with the MACC that it found nothing in Musa’s case.

“The ICAC then decided to unfreeze Musa’s account in Hong Kong, ” he said, adding that the case was further classified as “no further action (NFA)” by Malaysian authorities in 2012.

At the same time, Takiyuddin also noted an affidavit filed by Abdul Gani in support of Musa on May 13,2020.

“The affidavit stated conclusively that investigations found that no wrongdoing was done by the accused and it is in line with the ICAC’s decision.

“Abdul Gani said it wasn’t one person’s decision, as it was made following discussions with several high-level officers such as Datuk Seri Tun Abd Majid Tun Hamzah, Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed, and Datuk Mustafa Ali.

“All of them concluded that there are no wrongdoings such as corruption and money laundering done by Musa.

“He (Gani Patail) made this affidavit to uphold justice. This justice should have been upheld by a professional in the legal field, ” said Takiyuddin.

Musa was first charged in November 2018 with 35 counts under Section 11(a) of the MACC Act 2009 for accepting gratification by an agent where he allegedly received US$63mil (RM243mil) in Hong Kong and Singapore as inducement for offering timber concessions in Sabah.

In 2019, Musa was charged with 16 counts of money laundering amounting to RM160mil.

In October 2019, the prosecution dropped five out of the 35 graft charges against Musa.

In June 2020, Musa was acquitted of all 46 criminal charges against him.

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