Shafee’s trial postponed as LHDN man falls ill

Trial to resume: Muhammad Shafee arriving at the Kuala Lumpur court complex.

KUALA LUMPUR: The trial of Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah over alleged money laundering and making false statements to the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) has been postponed to today as the seventh prosecution witness was unwell.

Deputy public prosecutor Afzainizam Abdul Aziz told High Court judge Datuk Muhammad Jamil Hussin that LHDN tax officer Syed Nasrul Fahmi Syed Mohamad informed him about his health condition at 8am yesterday.

“The witness is still under cross-examination. Our next witness will be the investigating officer. We request the trial be postponed to tomorrow (today),” he told Justice Muhammad Jamil yesterday.

As Muhammad Shafee’s counsel Harvinderjit Singh did not object, the court adjourned the trial and for the hearing to continue today.

On Sept 13, 2018, Muhammad Shafee pleaded not guilty to two charges of receiving RM9.5mil which were proceeds from unlawful activities through two cheques, issued by former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak, which were deposited into his CIMB Bank account.

The prominent lawyer was also charged with two counts of engaging in transactions resulting from illegal activities, namely submitting incorrect tax returns, for the financial years ending Dec 31, 2013, and Dec 31, 2014. — Bernama

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