The Kuala Lumpur High Court affirmed the six months’ jail and RM30,000 fine against former Ampang PKR Youth chief Adam Rosly Abdullah for six counts of furnishing false information and documents to the MACC.
Judge Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh made the brief oral ruling when dismissing the appeal by Adam during open-court proceedings this morning.
“After considering submissions by all parties, I am of the view that there is no point to intervene in the (Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court) trial judge ruling.
“I dismiss the appeal and affirm the conviction and sentencing,” Ahmad Shahrir ruled as Adam looked on from the dock.
In his brief ruling, the judge did not dwell on details of the grounds for his judgement.
Lawyer Nizam Bashir acted for Adam while DPP Nik Haslinie Hashim prosecuted.
On April 26 last year, the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court sentenced Adam to six months’ jail and a RM30,000 fine for six counts of furnishing false information and documents to the MACC during an investigation into his purportedly extraordinary wealth.
He received a six-month sentence – all to run concurrently from the day of sentencing – and a RM5,000 fine for each offence.
Sessions judge Allaudeen Ismail had meted out the ruling after finding the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt in the case brought against him.
However, the court granted a stay on his jail sentence pending the disposal of an appeal, and set bail at RM300,000 with one surety.
A total of 11 witnesses were called by the prosecution, and three by the defence.
The charges under Section 32 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (Amla) for giving false information to MACC was in relation to his income from his business, his luxury car, and a bungalow worth RM1.2 million in Kampung Melayu Ampang, which was said to have been paid for in cash.
Adam told MACC that he received an income of RM50,000 as a company director, along with RM3,000 for chairing an apartment’s management body.
He also said he bought his home with RM500,000 from two loan sharks, as well as a RM200,000 loan from his mother-in-law and late grandmother.
Nizam argued that Section 32 of Amla was unconstitutional as the provision did not accord Adam the right to remain silent when questioned by the authorities.
“He has the constitutional right to remain silent,” he said.
The DPP, however, urged the court to uphold the Sessions Court ruling, saying the Amla provision was enacted and passed according to law.