Shahrir Charged with Failing to Declare to IRB RM1 Million from Najib

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Former Felda chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Abd Samad was charged in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court today with failing to declare RM1 million which he received from Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB).

Wearing a dark blue blazer, Shahrir, 71, pleaded not guilty to the charge after it was read out to him before judge Azura Alwi.

He was charged with money laundering by not stating his real income in the Income Tax Return Form for Assessment Year 2013, which is a violation of Section 113(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act 1967, on the RM1 million, believed to be from unlawful activities which he received from Najib through a AmIslamic Bank Berhad cheque dated Nov 27, 2013.

The cheque was then deposited into his (Shahrir) Public Islamic Bank account on Nov 28, 2013.

Shahrir was charged with committing the offence at IRB, Duta branch, Government Office Complex, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim here on April 25, 2014.

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The charge was framed under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, which provides a maximum fine of RM5 million, or imprisonment for up to five years, or both, if found guilty.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutors Norzilati Izhani Zainal @ Zainol and Nik Haslini Hashim, while Shahrir was represented by lawyers Syahrul Syazwan Salehin and Fahmi Abd Moin.

Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi set RM350,000 as bail in one surety for Shahrir. She also ordered him to surrender his passport to the court pending disposal of his money laundering case.

The court set Feb 24 to mention the case again.

Shahrir’s lawyer Syahrul had earlier told the court that the bail amount of RM500,000 sought by Norzilati was too high.

He added that investigations were launched in 2018 and that Shahrir had given his full cooperation to the authorities during this period.

Shahrir, Ahmad and Puteri Umno had previously filed judicial reviews to challenge the MACC compound notices against them on Oct 7, 2019, claiming these were null and void.

The High Court will hear their applications to initiate judicial review against MACC.

Shahrir, who is the elder brother of Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad, came to the court today accompanied by Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Ahmad.

Others present in court to show their support included Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa, Umno Youth chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, Umno supreme council members Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, Tan Sri Noh Omar, Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman and Datuk Lokman Noor Adam.

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Ahmad, the Pontian MP, was charged separately under the same law, but with an additional charge of giving false information to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Shahrir and Ahmad were among 80 individuals and organisations named by MACC for receiving over RM420 million from Najib. MACC said the funds were from 1MDB.

The anti-graft body had issued compound notices to them, demanding them to return the monies.