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Prosecution rests case in Syed Saddiq's money laundering trial [NSTTV]

KUALA LUMPUR: The prosecution in Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman's misappropriation and money laundering trial rested its case today, after calling 30 witnesses to testify since June 21 this year.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin told this to High Court judicial commissioner Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid today after the prosecution and defence ended their examination of three witnesses recalled to the stand this morning.

He also told the court the prosecution would offer 13 witnesses to the defence, including two Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) forensic officers, if the court were to order the accused to enter his defence.

Azhar then fixed Sept 30 and Oct 3 for both parties to submit their written submissions and Oct 6 and 7 for oral submissions.

Earlier today, the three prosecution witnesses, who are MACC investigators, were recalled to the stand, where they maintained that they did not know of or see any material evidence, such as the documents related to the money trail used by Syed Saddiq for his political campaign for the 14th General Election (GE14) in 2018.

Court proceedings started with lead defence counsel Gobind Singh Deo grilling Mohd Syahmeizy Sulong about his knowledge of the defence's stand of that the charges against Syed Saddiq were politically motivated as he did not support former prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Syahmeizy admitted to having known the defence's stand, however, he never investigated the matter as it was not related to the case against Syed Saddiq.

Gobind then cross-examined Nurul Hidayah Kamarudin, who was stunned to silence when she testified under oath on July 25.

He had asked her about her knowledge and whether she had ever investigated Syed Saddiq's source of monies.

However, she told Gobind that she did not know about Syed Saddiq's salaries that were obtained from a number of jobs, including as a part-time tutor, lecturer and debating coach between 2010 and 2018.

Nurul Hidayah also said she had not seen evidence documents, such as Syed Saddiq's statement of expenses for his GE14 campaign, and had no knowledge of the RM171,675 used for the election.

Syed Saddiq is charged, as the then Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Armada wing chief who was entrusted with control of Armada funds, with abetting Rafiq for committing criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving RM1 million of the organisation's funds.

He is accused of committing the offence at CIMB Bank Bhd, Menara CIMB KL Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, here on March 6, 2020.

The Muar member of Parliament is also charged with misusing property for himself, namely RM120,000 from the Maybank Islamic Bhd account belonging to Armada Bumi Bersatu Enterprise, by causing Rafiq to dispose of the money.

He is facing two counts of engaging in money laundering in two transactions of RM50,000, believed to be proceeds of unlawful activities, from his Maybank Islamic Bhd account into his Amanah Saham Bumiputera account.

Syed Saddiq is accused of committing the offence at a bank in Jalan Persisiran Perling, Taman Perling, Johor Baru, on June 16 and 19, 2018. The trial continues.

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