MALAYSIAN LAWYER MUHAMMAD SHAFEE FACES MONEY LAUNDERING CHARGES

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Renowned Malaysian lawyer, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah was charged in the Sessions Court here today, on two counts of receiving money from illegal activities amounting to RM9.5 million (USD2.29 million) from former prime minister, Najib Razak, and two counts of making incorrect filings under the Income Tax Act 1967.

Shafee, 66, however, pleaded not guilty on the two charges of receiving money from illegal activities and two charges of making incorrect returns, without stating the amount of RM9.5 million in his tax returns, thus breaching the Income Tax Act 1967.

On the first and second charges, Shafee was alleged to be involved in the money laundering activities, by receiving proceeds from illegal activities, each amounting to RM4.3 million and RM5.2 million, via two cheques from AmIslamic Bank Berhad, belonging to Mohd Najib Hj Abd Razak, which were credited into two CIMB Bank accounts belonging to the accused.

Shafee was accused of committing both offences at the CIMB Bank, J2 & K1, Taman Tunku, Bukit Tunku near here, on Sept 13, 2013, and Feb 17, 2014.

Both charges provide for a maximum fine of RM5 million and imprisonment not exceeding five years or both.

Former Federal Court Judge and senior counsel, Gopal Sri Ram leads the prosecution team, assisted by Deputy Public Prosecutors, Kamal Baharin Omar, Ahmad Akram Gharib, and Afzainizam Abdul Aziz.

Shafee is represented by counsels Harvinder Singh, Chetan Jethwani, Hasnal Rezua Merican, Sarah Abishegan, Rahmat Hazlan and Muhammad Farhan.

Source: NAM News Network