KUALA LUMPUR: Lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah is likely to face four counts of money laundering charges in relation to the RM9.5 million said to be received from former prime minister Najib Razak, sources say.
Shafee, who is Najib’s lawyer, is expected to be produced before a Sessions Court for the charges to be read today.
Those convicted under the Anti-Money Laundering Act, Anti-Terrorism Financing Act and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 can be jailed for up to 15 years.
The provision also allows for a fine of not less than five times the sum or value of the proceeds of the unlawful activity at the time the offence was committed, or RM5 million, whichever is higher.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner Azam Baki confirmed that Shafee had been picked up by a team of investigators at about 6am at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
“He was waiting to board a flight to Penang,” he added.
MACC officers are now recording Shafee’s statement at the Putrajaya office, following which he will be brought to court.
Last week, legal officer Siti Rahayu Mohd Mumazaini from the Attorney-General’s Chambers revealed in an affidavit that two cheques were deposited into Shafee’s CIMB bank account on Sept 13, 2013 and Feb 17, 2014.
The first cheque was reportedly for RM4.3 million while the second was for RM5.2 million. Both cheques were issued from Najib’s AmIslamic Bank Bhd account.
Rahayu said the information was obtained when the MACC froze Shafee’s bank account while investigating the lawyer for money laundering offences.
She said Shafee filed an affidavit in the High Court last year claiming he had not received the money.
On Saturday, however, Shafee said the RM9.5 million payment from Najib was for his past services to Umno and other Barisan Nasional component parties.