Branded items ten­dered as ev­i­dence

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Four­teen Louis Vuit­ton t-shirts, which were seized from the house of a for­mer se­nior of­fi­cer of the Youth and Sports Min­istry fac­ing 32 charges of mis­us­ing his po­si­tion and sub­mit­ting false claims in­volv­ing RM38.4 mil­lion, were ten­dered as ev­i­dence in the trial at the ses­sions court.

The t-shirts, sub­mit­ted by Malaysian An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) prin­ci­pal se­nior as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent As­mawi Kulup Lam, 37, were among 36 t-shirts of var­i­ous brands that were seized by the com­mis­sion when it raided the home of for­mer Youth and Sports Min­istry’s Fi­nance Divi­sion sec­re­tary, Ot­man Ar­sahd (pix), 59.

Apart from the t-shirts, there were also two pairs of Dolce&Gab­bana and Gior­gio Ar­mani pants sub­mit­ted as ev­i­dence dur­ing ex­am­i­na­tion-inchief by deputy pub­lic prose­cu­tor Hus­marudin Husin.

A to­tal of 22 t-shirts with the brand names Gucci, Ralph Lau­ren, Kenzo, Song For The Mute, Sa­cai, and Dolce&Gab­bana were also ten­dered one by one dur­ing the hear­ing be­fore judge Azura Alwi.

“We also seized a lap­top with a charger, but the lap­top is at the MACC Foren­sic Unit,” said As­mawi, who is the 49th pros­e­cu­tion wit­ness.

He also ten­dered three smart­phones as ev­i­dence. On April 21, 2016, Ot­man, rep­re­sented by lawyer Muham­mad Rafique Rashid Ali, was charged with 64 counts of re­ceiv­ing RM16.623 mil­lion, which were from un­law­ful pro­ceeds, through cheques that were de­posited into his May­bank, RHB and CIMB Ber­had ac­counts be­tween March 7, 2012 and Dec 11, 2015.

Be­sides Ot­man, a di­rec­tor of a sports com­pany af­fil­i­ated with the min­istry, Ab­dul Ga­far Ab­du­rahi­man, 44, and his wife, Siti Ro­hanah Hussien, 44, who is a house­wife, were each charged with 63 counts of trans­fer­ring RM15.723 mil­lion into a bank ac­count owned by Ot­man dur­ing the same pe­riod.

They were al­leged to have com­mit­ted the of­fence at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing RHB Bank branch in Precinct 8, Pu­tra­jaya; Me­nara May­bank in Jalan Tun Perak, and May­bank branch in Jalan Raja Laut. – Ber­nama

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