15 claim trial to il­le­gal re­mit­tance ac­tiv­i­ties

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JO­HOR BARU: Fif­teen peo­ple, in­clud­ing two women, were charged at the Ses­sions Court here yes­ter­day with con­duct­ing overseas re­mit­tance ac­tiv­i­ties amount­ing to RM1 bil­lion with­out li­cence from Bank Ne­gara Malaysia.

The 15, aged 23 to 59, claimed trial to each of the 43 sep­a­rate charges for un­li­censed re­mit­tance ac­tiv­i­ties.

They were ac­cused of com­mit­ting the of­fences in dif­fer­ent places, times and un­der dif­fer­ent com­pany names and ac­counts be­tween 2012 and last year.

The charges were read in front of Ses­sions Court judge Mo­hammed Khaled Ab Karim.

Mo­hamed Thamimul An­sari, who was among the 15 peo­ple charged, faced 12 charges in two sep­a­rate courts.

At one junc­ture, Tah­mimul, who was rep­re­sented by coun­sel Ma­hen­dra Ma­ha­son, asked the judge why there were so many charges against him and ques­tioned the high bail im­posed on him.

Khaled ex­plained that it was up to the deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor to de­ter­mine the num­ber of charges.

“If you are not happy with the num­ber of charges against you, there is noth­ing the court can do about it,” he said.

Khaled set bail of be­tween RM80,000 and RM1 mil­lion for each of the 15 ac­cused.

The court or­dered all the ac­cused to sur­ren­der their pass­ports.

Bank Ne­gara Malaysia deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tors Alvin Ong and Steve Chin pros­e­cuted.

Thamimul and nine of the ac­cused were rep­re­sented by de­fence coun­sel Ma­hen­dra Ma­ha­son.

The oth­ers were rep­re­sented by coun­sel Rosli Ka­marud­din and Yap Che Kai.

The court fixed May 4 for re­men­tion.

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