Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) chairman Rameli Musa is being investigated as his name matches the name of the bank account that paid RM1.42 million in legal costs to Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown in a settlement with PAS.
According to The Malaysian Insight, a highly placed Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) source said Rameli, a regular funder and long-time supporter of PAS, is being investigated under money laundering laws as the funds were moved from several accounts linked to him before being transferred to Rewcastle-Brown.
Rewcastle-Brown has confirmed that PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang paid her legal costs in an out-court-settlement of a defamation suit.
Hadi had sued Sarawak Report and Rewcastle-Brown over a 2016 article that alleged PAS took from Umno RM90 million believed to be from 1Malaysia Development Bhd.
On Friday (Mar 1), PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli named Rameli as the account holder of a cheque for RM1.42 million issued to Rewcastle-Brown’s lawyer.
Rameli was appointed as KTMB chairman last month.
He was also once on the Kelantan Economic Development Corporation board of directors and had forged a close relationship with Hadi.
The two were recorded together during a trip by the PAS president to Bangkok, Thailand, in 2017.
Apart from Rameli, several top PAS leaders, businessmen and a former menteri besar are reportedly also being investigated as MACC widens the scope of its probe.
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