Crime & Courts

Wan Saiful arrives in court to face charges

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) information chief Datuk Wan Saiful Wan Jan has arrived at the lobby of the Court Complex here this morning and is expected to face charges related to money laundering amounting to approximately RM6 million.

The Tasek Gelugor Member of Parliament, who is facing charges for the second time this year, was wearing a black suit and a white shirt.

He entered the court lobby at 8.20 AM.

Wan Saiful was seen smiling and inquiring about the well-being of several media practitioners who were recording videos and snapping photographs.

Yesterday, it was reported that Wan Saiful said he would be charged at the Sessions Court here under Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (Act 613).

He is believed to be facing more than 15 charges related to money laundering with an estimated value of RM6 million.

He was called to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters in Putrajaya yesterday for questioning.

It is understood that a deputy division chief of the same political party will also be charged under the same section this morning.

On Feb 21, Wan Saiful pleaded not guilty to two charges, including receiving a bribe of RM6.9 million in connection with the Jana Wibawa project.

Based on the charges, Wan Saiful was accused of soliciting money from Lian Tan Chuan as an incentive to assist Nepturis Sdn Bhd in obtaining the Central Spine Road: East Coast Expressway Intersection Qualification Project worth RM232 million from the government, in April last year, at the Royal Lake Club, Taman Tasik Perdana.

He was also accused of receiving a bribe of RM6.9 million through his company's CIMB Bank Berhad account, WSA Advisory Group Sdn Bhd, from the Maybank Islamic Berhad account of Nepturis Sdn Bhd.

This was in return for assisting the company in obtaining the approval letter for the same project at the CIMB Bank Berhad branch in Bukit Tunku, between July 8 and Sept 30, 2022.

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