Judge rebukes Genneva director’s lawyer over conviction review

geneva-gold-bar-1PUTRAJAYA: A senior judge in the Court of Appeal today reprimanded lawyers for one of the former directors of gold bar investment company, Genneva Sdn Bhd, for seeking to review the charges of money laundering and illegal deposit taking.

This was despite the cases against former director Chin Wai Leong and three others still having not been settled yet.

Justice Mohtarudin Baki said that the court is “insulted” over Chin’s action to review his case before sentencing.

“I understand a review was filed by one of the accused to review our decision to convict the four.

“I felt insulted. We have even not finished with this appeal yet,” he said, after Chin’s lawyer Sarah Abishegam sought an adjournment to allow another senior lawyer Shafee Abdullah to mitigate.

The appeals court set Jan 11 to hear the directors’ mitigation plea and sentencing.

Last month, Chin along with his former colleagues in Genneva, Liew Chee Wah, Ng Poh Weng and Yee Yuen Seng were found guilty by the Court of Appeal on over 200 charges of money laundering and taking deposits illegally.

The same panel of judges had ruled that the prosecution had proven the charges beyond doubt.

The four men were initially freed at the Sessions Court in May 2013, and the High Court upheld their acquittal in January 2016.

They committed the money laundering offences at their offices in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur between July 2008 and June 2009.

Meanwhile, they were convicted for taking deposits illegally at Jalan Kuchai Maju 6, Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park between November 2008 and July 2009.

When met outside the court, deputy public prosecutor Hamdan Hamzah said besides Chin, Liew had also filed a review against December’s decision.

Lawyer Gooi Soon Seng, representing Ng and Yee, said they did not file any reviews on their convictions.

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