KUALA LUMPUR: A married couple accused of kidnapping a Palestinian was slapped with money laundering charges in the sessions court today over a sum of RM205,636.32.
Nidarahayu Zainal faces 17 charges of transferring and disposing of the sum from her CIMB account to various recipients.
Her husband, Raibafie Amdan, was charged with one count of receiving RM30,350 from Nidarahayu.
The alleged offences are said to have taken place between Sept 15 and Oct 2, 2022.
The couple has been in custody since October last year, awaiting their kidnapping trial in the High Court.
They and 11 other individuals were accused of kidnapping a Palestinian man on Sept 28 last year to get him to deactivate computer software and hack into mobile phones.
Another person, Tengku Arif Tengku Bongsu, was also charged in court with them.
Tengku Arif was slapped with one charge of receiving RM25,000 from Nidarahayu on Sept 29, 2022. He is also awaiting trial in the same kidnapping case.
Judge Kafli Che Ali imposed bail of RM60,000 in one surety for Nidarahayu. Tengku Arif and Raibafie were offered bail of RM20,000 each.
The court set Nov 20 as the next mention.
Deputy public prosecutor Rozaliana Zakaria appeared for the prosecution. while lawyer Goh Kim Lian represented Tengku Arif.
The couple was not represented.