Ahmad Maslan withdraws appeal to strike out charges

Ahmad (centre). (Photo by Sam Fong/The Edge)

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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 24): Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan today withdrew his appeal against a Sessions Court decision in dismissing his application to drop the charges of money laundering and giving false statements made against him.

Judicial Commissioner Datuk Muhammad Jamil Hussin withdrew the appeal after Ahmad’s lawyer Atiqa Nazihah Azmi told the court that the notice to withdraw the appeal was filed last Aug 3.

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Mahadi Abdul Jumaat confirmed the matter and told the court that the prosecution did not object to it.

Last Aug 14, the High Court dismissed Ahmad’s application for a revision of a lower court’s decision in dismissing his application for the court to drop the charges against him.

Judicial Commissioner Datuk Aslam Zainuddin dismissed the application on the grounds that there was no mistake by the Sessions Court in dismissing the Pontian Member of Parliament's (MP) application to quash the charges against him.

Ahmad, 54, is charged with money laundering by not stating his real income, after receiving RM2 million from former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in the Income Tax Return Form for Assessment Year 2013.

In doing so, he violated Section 113(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act 1967.

The offence was allegedly committed at the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), Duta Branch, Government Office Complex, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim on April 30, 2014.

The charge, framed under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, provides a maximum fine of RM5 million or imprisonment for up to five years, or both, if found guilty.

The other charge is for giving false statements to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) when questioned by an MACC investigating officer, Principal Senior Assistant Superintendent Mohd Zairi Zainal, over the issue in the media conference room, Parliament Building, Jalan Parlimen here between 2.45pm and 3.30pm on July 4, 2019.

The charge, framed under Section 32(8)(c) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, provides a maximum fine of RM3 million or imprisonment for up to five years, or both, if found guilty.