MELAKA: The Melaka Sessions Court here has fixed Aug 18 for re-mention of a money-laundering and criminal breach of trust case involving a former special officer to the Melaka Historic City Council mayor.

Sessions Judge Meor Sulaiman Ahmad Tarmizi fixed the new date for further mention of Datuk Mohd Yusof Abu Hasan's case, as the prosecution needed time to prepare several documents for the case.

Deputy public prosecutor Afzainizam Abdul Aziz said they needed time to complete the necessary documentation.

Mohd Yusof arrived at the courthouse at about 8am today accompanied by several relatives and supporters.

On May 9, Yusof was charged at the Sessions Court here with 15 counts of money-laundering and criminal breach of trust involving transactions worth RM19.3 million.

He pleaded not guilty to all 15 charges filed by deputy public prosecutor Afzainizam Abdul Aziz before judge Norma Ismail.

Four charges were under Section 409 of the Penal Code for criminal breach of trust, where Yusof was alleged to have acted as an agent for Taraf Budi Development Sdn Bhd and SP Enterprise Sdn Bhd, and deposited four cheques totalling RM11.2 million into his own accounts at two banks in Melaka Raya.

The offences were alleged to have been committed between Feb 23 and Aug 10 last year.

Under Section 409, he is liable to a maximum jail term of 20 years with whipping and fine, if convicted.

Yusof also faced 11 charges under Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 for moving RM8,188,074.87 gained from illegal activities between March 3 and Aug 23 last year.

Each charge carries a maximum jail term of 15 years, whipping and a fine of five times the amount involved, or RM5 million, whichever is higher.

Datuk Mohd Yusof Abu Hasan (right) at the Melaka Sessions Court today. Pix by Muhammad Hatim Ab Manan