Director charged with money laundering
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