Shafee's money laundering trial: Prosecution says about 10 witnesses to testify

Shafee's money laundering trial will begin in May next year. (File photo by Shahrin Yahya/The Edge)

Shafee's money laundering trial will begin in May next year. (File photo by Shahrin Yahya/The Edge)

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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 2): About 10 prosecution witnesses are scheduled to testify in lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah's trial, where the accused is facing two money laundering charges involving RM9.5 million allegedly received from ex-prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, and another two charges for making false statements to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB).

Deputy public prosecutor Afzainizam Abdul Aziz said this to Justice Datuk Muhammad Jamil Hussin as the court set new trial dates for the case.

The new trial dates are in 2021. Justice Jamil had today fixed May 7, 21, 28, June 4 and 11, July 1-2, 22-23 and Aug 6 as trial dates for the case.

Today, Shafee, who was granted an exemption from attending the High Court proceedings, was represented by his lawyer Sarah Abishegam.

It was reported that on Sept 13, 2018, Shafee pleaded not guilty to the charges for receiving proceeds from unlawful activity via cheques issued by Najib.

It was reported that the cheques were deposited into Shafee's CIMB Bank Bhd account.

According to news reports, Shafee is alleged to have received a cheque for RM4.3 million on Sept 13, 2013, and another cheque for RM5.2 million on Feb 17, 2014.

It was reported that Shafee, who is alleged to have committed the two offences at CIMB Bank's Bukit Tunku branch here, was charged under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, which carries a fine not exceeding RM5 million or a jail sentence of up to five years or both upon conviction.

Shafee is also facing two charges under the Income Tax Act 1967 for being involved in transactions of proceeds from unlawful activity.

It was reported that he has been accused of making inaccurate statements for financial years ended Dec 31, 2013, and Dec 31, 2014 in contravention of the Income Tax Act.

According to news reports, Shafee is alleged to have committed the offences at the IRB's branch at Kompleks Bangunan Kerajaan along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim here on March 3, 2015, and June 29, 2015.

It was reported the offences under the Income Tax Act carry a maximum 15-year jail sentence and a fine not less than five times the amount of proceeds from the unlawful activity.

Chong Jin Hun