Pontian MP’s money laundering trial set for June next year


KUALA LUMPUR: The trial of Pontian MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan, who is facing charges of money laundering and providing false statements to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), is scheduled to begin in June next year.

High Court Judge Justice Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh fixed 23 days to hear the case, from June 7 to 9; June 13 to 15; July 18 to 21; July 25 to 28; Aug 15 to 19 and Aug 22 to 25.

The case was fixed for mention yesterday for the two charges against Ahmad, 55, to be re-read to him after his case was transferred from the Sessions Court to the High Court.

However, his lawyer Hamidi Mohd Noh told the court that the accused could not attend yesterday’s proceedings because he had come into close contact with two people who tested positive for Covid-19.

The defence had requested another mention date for the charges against Ahmad to be re-read to him.

Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Mukhzany Fariz Mohd Mokhtar confirmed that the prosecution had received a representation letter from the defence.

Justice Ahmad Shahir set Aug 24 for mention.

On the charge of money laundering, Ahmad was alleged to have violated Section 113(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act 1967 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.

He is alleged to have received the money, believed to be proceeds of illegal activities, via a cheque from AmIslamic Bank Berhad dated Nov 27, 2013, which he personally cashed on the same day.

The offence was allegedly committed at the IRB, Duta Branch, Government Office Complex, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim, on April 30, 2014.

The charge, framed under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, provides a maximum fine of RM5mil, or imprisonment for up to five years, or both, if found guilty.

The other charge was for giving false statements to the MACC, when questioned by investigating officer Mohd Zairi Zainal over the issue, at the Parliament building between 2.45pm and 3.30pm on July 4, 2019.

The charge, framed under Section 32(8)c) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, provides a maximum fine of RM3mil, or imprisonment for up to five years, or both, if found guilty. — Bernama

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