SHAH ALAM: Former prime minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has been charged with one count of money laundering amounting RM5 million at the Sessions Court here Monday morning.
With this, the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president is facing his seventh criminal charge.
Previously he had been charged with six counts of money laundering and corruption at Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on Friday (March 10) where he claimed trial to all the charges.
The Pagoh Member of Parliament however has claimed trial after the charge was read out to him before Sessions Court judge Rozilah Salleh.
The Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman was charged for receiving RM5 million funds from Bukhary Equity Sdn. Bhd. that are proceeds from unlawful activities on 7th Jan. last year.
The funds were credited into the party’s Ambank bank account. He was accused of committing the offence at Ambank Amcorp Mall branch, Jalan Persiaran Barat, Petaling Jaya here.
Muhyiddin was charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLATFPUAA) 2001.
The offence under AMLATFPUAA carries a jail term not exceeding 15 years and a fine of at least five times the sum obtained from money laundering or RM5 million, whichever is higher upon conviction.
Meanwhile the deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib suggested the bail amount to be tied with other charges that were presided at Kuala Lumpur court as the prosecution team will be submitting applications to transfer the case to KL court and will be heard on trial together.
The court’s judge Rozilah accepted the suggestion and fixed 26th May for mention.
For all the seven charges, Muhyiddin was bailed RM2 million with two local sureties and his passport surrendered to the court. –Malaysia World News