PUTRAJAYA: Malaysian famous lawyer, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah today succeeded in his bid to reclaim his passport to travel to Australia for work purposes.
Muhammad Shafee’s lawyer, Harvinderjit Singh told the Court of Appeal today (June 21) that his client is not a flight risk as he has three wives to come home to.
“Muhammad Shafee has travelled overseas four times after the charges and has returned to Malaysia,”said Harvinderjit as reported by Bernama.
Muhammad Shafee is facing two charges of money laundering totalling RM9.5 million that he allegedly received from former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He was also charged under the Income Tax with two counts of making false declaration to the Inland Revenue Board by not including the RM9.5 million in his tax filing for the year.
Muhammad Shafee’s appilication in Kuala Lumpur High Court for the release of his passport which was impounded by the court was dismissed on May 14.
He has to attend to a client- a Malaysian who is facing with drug trafficking charges in a court in Australia.
High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah held that Muhammad Shafee’s presence in Australia requested in a letter dated May 13, 2019 was merely to assist the case as there were Australian solicitors on record.
The Deputy Public Prosecutor was Afzainizam Abdul.
Meanwhile, Justice Ahmadi who chaired the bench said: “We are on the view that there was a real need for the applicant to be with the solicitors and client there (Australia).
He said, there was no evidence that Muhammad Shafee was a flight risk and the prosecution has not shown any evidence of this.
“We are mindful that the accused person in the Australia case is entitled to have a solicitor for his own choice,” said Justice Ahmadi.