KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was discharged today of the last three additional charges related to money laundering of a total sum of RM47million.
According to national news agency Bernama, High Court Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali made the ruling after allowing the application by the prosecution led by Attorney General Tommy Thomas to give a discharge not amounting to an acquittal to the 66-year-old Najib.
“The Public Prosecutor has the power to discontinue or decline to prosecute at any stage of the trial. In my view of the request by the Public Prosecutor, I order that the accused to be discharged not amounting to an acquittal of the three additional charges,” the judge wa quoted saying by Bernama on Thursday (Feb 7).
On Jan 28, Najib pleaded not guilty on the three additional charges involving money laundering with a total sum of RM47mil.
Under Section 4(1)(a) of the 2001 Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act, which provides for a maximum fine of RM5mil or imprisonment not exceeding five years or both, upon conviction.