Former assemblyman charged with 106 counts of laundering more than RM11m

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Total of 106 charges which involved receiving cash, assets and shares via different companies between September 2011 and Aug 10, last year.

A property cooperative board of directors’ chairman was charged at the Butterworth Sessions Court today with 106 counts of money laundering totalling more than RM11 million.

Datuk Ir Mansor Musa, 58, a former one-term Batu Maung assemblyman from 2004 to 2008, claimed trial to all the charges which were read to him before Judge Norhayati Mohamad Yunus.

It took the court interpreter close to four hours to read all 106 charges.

The proceedings were held at three different courts due to a blackout in the courtrooms.

Mansor, who is currently the Umno Bayan Baru division chief, claimed trial to 106 money laundering charges by involving himself in illegal transactions by receiving cash, assets and shares via different companies between September 2011 and Aug 10, last year.

He claimed trial to 42 charges under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act (AMLATFA) 2001 and 64 charges under Section 4(1)(b) Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLATFPUAA) 2001.

The offence under subsection (a) carries a maximum fine of RM5 million and/or a maximum five years jail, while subsection (b) provides a penalty of a maximum 15-year jail term and a fine of five times the illegal proceeds or RM5 million, whichever is higher.

Mansor, who is also Koperasi Tunas Muda Sungai Ara Berhad’s board of directors’ chairman, pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Deputy public prosecutors Faridz Gohim Abdullah, Muhammad Asraf Mohamed Tahir and Muhamad Azlan Basri prosecuted. Kek Boon Wei and Helen Ng represented Mansor.

Norhayati set Sept 28 for case management pending submission of documents. She also ordered Mansor to surrender his passport and report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission monthly.

Faridz applied for a RM2 million bail due to the “severity” of the charges. However, Norhayati allowed bail at RM500,000 with one surety.

It is learnt that Mansor’s arrest was made following investigations and operations conducted by the anti-graft body in August last year.

Sources said the Datuk is alleged to have used his own company to receive bribes, both in cash and kind, from a development company director with a Tan Sri title.

The alleged bribes were an inducement for the development company to be appointed for joint venture projects developed on the cooperative’s land.

Mansor is expected to face more charges for similar offences in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on July 15.