Court sets May hearing for Riza Aziz’s money laundering trial

Riza Aziz is accused of receiving US$248 million from Good Star Ltd and Aabar Investments PJS Ltd, said to be linked to fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sessions Court here has tentatively fixed six days in May to try Hollywood producer Riza Aziz, who is charged with five counts of money laundering amounting to US$248 million, pending the outcome of a review by the prosecution.

Lawyer Hariharan Tara Singh said the defence had written to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) in November to reconsider the charges.

“We had also provided further details to the AGC for their consideration but have yet to get a reply,” he told reporters after mention of the case before Sessions judge Rozina Ayob in her chambers today.

Hariharan said Rozina has fixed another case management on Feb 25 to update her of the representation made to the AGC.

The judge then tentatively fixed the trial dates from May 4 to 6 and May 27 to 29.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Norzilati Izhani Zainal, who appeared for the prosecution, confirmed what transpired in the chambers.

Riza, who is Rosmah Mansor’s son, claimed trial in July last year to the money laundering charges amounting to US$248 million allegedly received from Good Star Ltd and Aabar Investments PJS Ltd.

The two companies were said to be linked to fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho.

He is accused of receiving the money between April 2011 and November 2012 at City National Bank in Los Angeles, California, as well as at BSI Bank at Temasek Boulevard in Singapore.

If found guilty under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act, Riza could face jail of up to five years and a maximum fine of RM5 million, or five times the amount of the proceeds, whichever is higher.

Rozina had in August fixed eight days in January to hear the case but had to vacate the dates following a representation made to the AGC.