Crime & Courts

Wan Saiful claims will be charged for money laundering tomorrow

GEORGE TOWN: Former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia information chief Datuk Wan Saiful Wan Jan has claimed that he will be charged under the Anti-Money Laundering Act (Amla) tomorrow.

The Tasek Gelugor member of parliament said he had been ordered to present himself in court at 8.30am, but the details of the charges against him were as yet unclear.

"I will be there to defend myself and am confident that the courts would be the best place to get justice. I thank the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officers who questioned me with prudence," he said in a Facebook posting.

Wan Saiful had, before this, been hit with two corruption-related charges over the Jana Wibawa scheme which was implemented to help Bumiputera contractors.

On Feb 21, he claimed trial to accepting RM6.9 million in bribes from one Lian Tan Chuan, as an incentive to help Nepturis Sdn Bhd to obtain the Central Spine Road project from the government, in April 2022 at the Royal Lake Club in Taman Tasik Perdana, here.

He was also charged with soliciting bribes for a road project worth RM232 million.

On May 31, he applied to strike out the charges, claiming that they were defective.

However, on July 21, Sessions Court judge Rozina Ayob dismissed the application after hearing lengthy submissions from both the prosecution and the defence.

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