KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan (pic) has withdrawn his appeal against a Session’s Court decision to dismiss his application to drop money laundering and false statement charges against him.
Judicial Commissioner Muhammad Jamil Hussin withdrew the appeal after lawyer Atiqa Nazihah Azmi told the court that the notice to withdraw the appeal was filed.
Deputy public prosecutor Mahadi Abdul Jumaat told the court that the prosecution had no objection.
On Aug 14, the High Court dismissed Ahmad’s application for a revision of a lower court’s decision to dismiss his application to the court to drop the charges.
Judicial Commissioner Aslam Zainuddin had decided then that the Sessions Court did not err in dismissing the Pontian MP’s application to overturn the charges.
Ahmad, 54, was charged with money laundering by not stating his real income on the RM2mil he received from former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the Income Tax Return Form for Assessment Year 2013.
In doing so, he had violated Section 113(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act 1967.
The offence was allegedly committed at the Duta branch of the Inland Revenue Board office complex in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim on April 30,2014.
The charge under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 provides for a fine of up to RM5mil, a maximum five-year jail term or both, upon conviction.
The other charge is for giving false statements to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) when questioned by MACC investigating officer, principal senior assistant superintendent Mohd Zairi Zainal, over the issue at the media conference room in Parliament between 2.45pm and 3.30pm on July 4,2019.
The charge under Section 32(8)c) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 carries a fine of up to RM3mil, a maximum five-year jail term or both, upon conviction. — Bernama
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