Shahrir May Seek to Have Charge Against Him Dropped

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Johor Baru Umno division chief Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad is expected to submit a letter of representation to the Attorney General’s Chamber (AGC) to quash his money laundering charge.

Shahrir is accused of failing to declare RM1 million he purportedly received from Datuk Seri Najib Razak seven years ago.

His lead counsel Syahrul Syazwan Salehin during case management today said the defence needed to study the case files and consult with his client before taking further action

“We only received all documents related to the case from the prosecution today.

“I ask the court to set a new date for the next case management before commencement of the hearing,” he said before Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi today.

A letter of representation is normally sent to the AGC by an accused either to reduce or drop the charge.

The court has set Aug 19 for case management and fixed nine days – Oct 12 to 15, Nov 9 to 12, and Dec 3 for the trial.

Deputy public prosecutor Nor Diana Nor Azwa who prosecuted said nine witnesses were scheduled to testify in this case.

The former Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) chairman is accused of committing money-laundering by allegedly not reporting his actual income for the year 2013 by failing to declare income he received from Najib.

He allegedly committed the offence at the Inland Revenue Board office’s Duta branch on April 25, 2014.

The offence falls under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 which carries a penalty of a maximum fine of RM5 million or a maximum five-year jail term, or both.

He is on RM350,000 bail. – NST