Di­rec­tor charged with money laun­der­ing

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Malacca Works Depart­ment di­rec­tor Datuk Khalid Omar was charged with two counts of money laun­der­ing, amount­ing to RM4 mil­lion at the ses­sions court here yes­ter­day.

Khalid, 56, was charged with be­ing in­volved in money laun­der­ing by hav­ing in pos­ses­sion an amount of RM1,984,797 in his Amanah Sa­ham Wawasan 2020 ac­count, which were pro­ceeds from il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity, on Sept 1 last year.

On the sec­ond count, he faces a charge of hav­ing RM2,135,643 in his Amanah Sa­ham Didik ac­count on July 1 this year. He is al­leged to have com­mit­ted both of­fences at Amanah Sa­ham Na­sional Ber­had, Me­nara PNB, Jalan Tun Razak here.

Both charges are un­der Sec­tion 4 (1) (b) of the An­ti­Money Laun­der­ing, An­tiTer­ror­ism Fi­nanc­ing and Pro­ceeds of Un­law­ful Ac­tiv­i­ties Act 2001. The of­fences are pun­ish­able with a max­i­mum of 15 years’ jail or a fine of five times the amount in­volved or RM5 mil­lion, which­ever is higher.

Khalid claimed trial to both charges.

DPP Ah­mad Akram Gharib said the ac­cused is fac­ing other charges in the Malacca court and ap­plied to trans­fer the case for a joint trial. He said the next men­tion date for the cases in Malacca was fixed for Nov 4.

He said the ac­cused was re­leased on a bail of RM250,000 and or­dered to sur­ren­der his pass­port.

Ah­mad Akram told ses­sions judge Azura Alwi he has no ob­jec­tion if the court de­cided to al­low the ac­cused to be re­leased based on the bail or­der im­posed by the Malacca court.

Khalid’s lawyer, Azrul Zulk­i­fli Stork, said Ah­mad Akram’s sug­ges­tion was “quite fair”. – by Ta­ma­rai Chelvi

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