Former PAS deputy president granted discharge not amounting to acquittal on 16 counts of CBT


KUALA LUMPUR: Former PAS deputy president Datuk Dr Nasharudin Mat Isa has been granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal on 16 counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving the salary he received as the chairman of Yayasan Nassar.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Zaki Mohd Salleh confirmed that a Shah Alam Sessions Court made the order of discharge not amounting to an acquittal on Sept 22.

However, Dr Nasharudin is still facing 14 counts of CBT involving RM3.65mil.

“Sessions Court judge Rozilah Salleh made the order after the court was informed that Dr Nasharudin’s representation to the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) on July 7 was accepted,” he said when contacted here on Thursday (Nov 5).

DPP Zaki also said that the court fixed Nov 20 for case management for the remaining 14 counts faced by the accused.

On Oct 22, last year, Nasharudin was charged with 30 counts of CBT under Section 409 of the Penal Code.

He faces a prison term of between two and 20 years, and with whipping, and liable to a fine, upon conviction.

For charges one to 27, Nasharudin had allegedly in his capacity as Yayasan Nassar chairman committed CBT by channelling RM1,131,647.80 from the foundation’s funds for his personal benefit and to pay several entities.

He had allegedly used the funds to pay himself a monthly salary of RM20,000 in 2015 and several months in 2016.

He had allegedly misappropriated funds from a charity called Yayasan Nassar which he had set up in 2010 to pay the food catering for an unnamed son’s wedding.

He had also allegedly used the funds to pay Knowledge Vision Sdn Bhd for the purchase of a shoplot in Bandar Puteri Bangi; to purchase shares in Hajj Finance Company Limited; to pay his son Ammar’s college fees, and to give his daughter Nusaibah a loan of RM34,000.

Nasharudin had allegedly committed the offences at the Country Heights branch of CIMB Bank between Jan 8,2015 and March 1,2018.

For charges 28 to 30, he allegedly used his position as Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF) chief executive officer to misappropriate the organisation’s funds amounting to RM2.6mil to be channelled into his company Wasatiyah Centre For Peace Sdn Bhd under the pretext of giving research grants.

He allegedly committed the offences at the Menara Felda Platinum Park branch of Maybank between July 30 and Aug 8,2018.

Nasharudin, 58, who was Bachok MP from 2008 to 2013, was chief executive officer of the now-defunct GMMF from 2015 to 2018.

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