Crime & Courts

Azam Baki: Daim still being investigated for corruption, money laundering

KUALA LUMPUR: Former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin is still being investigated for using his position for corrupt practices and money laundering.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki said  they have not halted investigations on Daim even though he was charged in court yesterday (January 29).

He said that Daim is still being investigated under Section 23 of the of the MACC Act and Section 4(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 (AMLA).

"Before this he was charged for failure to declare his assets under Section 36(1) of the MACC Act 2009.

"However investigations regarding other cases involving Daim are still being carried out by the MACC. It has not ended," he told Berita Harian here today.

Yesterday (January 29), Daim was charged in the Sessions Court with the failure to declare 71 of his assets to the MACC.

According to the charge sheet, the 85-year-old failed to comply with a MACC notice to declare his assets such as one bank account, seven luxury vehicles, 38 companies, and 25 properties at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya on Dec 13, last year. 

The offence falls under Section 36(2) of the MACC Act 2009 (Act 694) where he could face imprisonment of not more than five years and a fine of not more than RM100,000 upon conviction if found guilty.

The prosecution team is being led by Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin while Daim's defence team is led by lawyer M. Puravalen.

Before this, Daim's wife, Toh Puan Na'imah Abdul Khalid, 67, was also charged in the Sessions Court for failure to adhere to the MACC notice by not declaring her assets.

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