Crime & Courts

Muhyiddin seeks to dismiss remaining money laundering charges in Jana Wibawa scandal

KUALA LUMPUR: Perikatan Nasional chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has filed an application to strike out his remaining three money laundering charges linked to the Jana Wibawa scandal.

The former prime minister also wanted the Sessions Court to grant him a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) from the charges.

The defence team, earlier, contended that the money laundering charges would not stand as they were predicated to the main ones which were dropped recently.

On Aug 15, High Court Judge Datuk Muhammad Jamil Hussin acquitted and discharged the former prime minister on all four charges of abuse of power.

Jamil, in his judgement said that all four charges were defective and in bad faith.

He said there were lack of details in the charges, and the accused was charged with offences unknown to the law.

He said the four charges were flawed for not disclosing an offence under Section 23(1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act.

The Pagoh member of parliament was charged with two counts of receiving RM195 million in funds that were proceeds from unlawful activities between Feb 25 and July 16, 2021 and Feb 8 till July 8 last year.

He was also charged with one count of receiving RM5 million in funds from Bukhary Equity Sdn Bhd, that were proceeds from unlawful activities on Jan 7 last year.

The charge is framed under Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLATFPUAA).

The offence under AMLATFPUAA carries a jail term not exceeding 15 years and a fine of at least five times the sum obtained from money laundering or RM5 million, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

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