Umno legal adviser sends new representation to AGC on money laundering charges

Umno legal adviser Mohd Hafarizam Harun.

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno legal adviser Mohd Hafarizam Harun has sent a second representation to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to review the money laundering charges involving RM15 million filed against him.

His lawyer, Hasnal Rezua Merican, informed High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali of the matter when the case came up for mention today.

“We sent a representation, but it was rejected by the AGC. We sent a new representation last week, giving a different ground,” he said.

Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Ashrof Adrin Kamarul confirmed this.

Nazlan also fixed Aug 3 to 19 to hear the case pending the outcome of the representation.

The hearing will run from Aug 3 to 6, 10 to 13 and 17 to 19, except on Friday, he said.

The court had earlier set 12 days from June 8 to hear the matter.

On Feb 21 last year, Hafarizam pleaded not guilty to two counts of money laundering involving RM15 million which he allegedly received from former prime minister Najib Razak and deposited into the account of his legal firm.

On the first count, he was alleged to have been directly involved in two transactions involving proceeds from unlawful activities, totalling RM11,500,000.00 in two AmIslamic Bank Bhd cheques belonging to Najib, which were deposited into the account of Messrs Hafarizam Wan & Aisha Mubarak (HWAM) at CIMB Bank Bhd.

The offence was allegedly committed at the PWTC branch of CIMB Bank at Suite 1, Level 5, Menara Dato’ Onn, Jalan Tun Ismail, here between April 16, 2014 and Nov 4, 2014.

Hafarizam was also charged with committing a similar offence involving RM3.5 million through a AmIslamic Bank Bhd cheque belonging to Najib, which was deposited into the account of the same legal firm at CIMB Bank Bhd at the same place on Feb 12, 2015.

Both charges were framed under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, which provides for imprisonment of up to 15 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount of the proceeds from unlawful activities or RM5 million, whichever is higher.

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