Former deputy finance minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan who is facing charges of money-laundering and giving false statements to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has failed in his bid to have the charges against him quashed.
This follows the decision of Sessions Court judge Azman Ahmad who dismissed Ahmad’s application today.
In his judgement, Azman said the application made by the accused was premature and the charges framed against him were not defective.
As such, the judge said, the charges were not groundless.
“I therefore dismiss the application,” he said.
The judge then set Sept 4 for mention and fixed Oct 1 and 2, Oct 16, Oct 23, Nov 6 and Dec 24 for trial.
Meanwhile, counsel Hamidi Mohd Noh who represented Ahmad told the court that they will be filing an appeal against the decision.
Deputy public prosecutor Siti Noor Hafizan Zakaria appeared for the prosecution.
Ahmad, 52, had filed the application for his charges to be dropped on Feb 21 citing that the charges under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLATFAPUAA) 2001 frames against him were ‘baseless’.
On the first charge, he was accused of money-laundering by not stating his real income on the RM2 million he received from former prime minister Najib Razak in the income tax return form for assessment year 2013, and in doing so, had violated Section 113(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act 1967.
He was alleged to have received the money from Najib, believed to be proceeds from unlawful activities, through an AmIslamic Bank Berhad cheque dated Nov 27, 2013, which he personally cashed on the same day.
The offence was allegedly committed at the IRB, Duta Branch, Government Office Complex, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim, on April 30, 2014.
The charge, under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, provides a maximum fine of RM5 million, or imprisonment of up to five years, or both, if found guilty.
He also faces another charge of giving false statements to the MACC when it was recorded under Section 32 of AMLATFAPUAA by the agency’s investigating officer, Mohd Zairi Zainal.
According to the charge sheet, among Ahmad’s statements which were allegedly false was his denial that he had received any money from Najib.
He allegedly committed the offence at a media conference room at the Parliament building at Jalan Parliament here, between 2.45pm and 3.30pm on July 4, last year.
The charge, framed under Section 32(8)c) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, provides a maximum fine of RM3 million, or imprisonment of up to five years, or both, if found guilty.