Umno lawyer affirms not guilty plea to receiving RM15 million from Najib

Umno lawyer Hafarizam Harun.

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno lawyer Hafarizam Harun today maintained his plea of not guilty at the High Court to two charges of money laundering in which he is accused of receiving RM15 million from former prime minister Najib Razak.

His plea was recorded again as his case was moved from the Sessions Court to the High Court.

Hafarizam is accused of receiving two cheques amounting to RM15 million from Najib between April 16, 2014 and Feb 12, 2015 which were deposited into the client account of his firm at the time, Hafarizam Wan Aisha Mubarak.

The RM15 million was said to be the proceeds of illegal activities.

If found guilty, he will face a maximum jail sentence of 15 years and a fine of not less than five times the sum of the illegal proceeds.

High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali fixed trial dates for Hafarizam from June 8 to 25 next year.

“We’ll have 12 days for trial, except on Fridays,” he said.

Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Ashrof Adrin Kamarul told the court about 30 witnesses would be called to testify, some of whom had testified at Najib’s SRC International trial.

Meanwhile, Hafarizam’s lawyer Hasnal Rezua Merican told the court the defence wanted more details on the charges by the first week of January.

However, Ashrof said the prosecution would only consider the request after receiving a formal application.

“For now, we are sticking to the charges,” he added.