KUALA LUMPUR – The former Minister of Youth and Sports, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman maintained his not guilty plea on two counts of money-laundering charges amounting to RM100,000.
This is also the second time Syed Saddiq, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) of Muar denied his involvement on the alleged money-laundering activities.
He made the plea before Sessions Court Judge, Suzana Hussin just now.
The proceeding today is the mention of case for two counts of abetting after the case is transferred from the Johor Bahru Sessions Court to the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court.
On 5 August, the former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Youth (Armada) Chief was slapped with two counts of money-laundering charges that he pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.
Syed Saddiq also requested for the case to be trialled at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court.
According to the two charges under Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLA), he is accused for being involved in the transfer of funds twice on 16 and 19 June 2018.
Section 4(1) of the Act carries the maximum jail sentence of 15 years, a fine not less than five times of the value of the illegal activity, upon conviction.
Syed Saddiq is charged for committing the offence at Maybank Islamic Berhad, Taman Perling, Johor Bahru, by transferring RM50,000 from Maybank Islamic Berhad to the Amanah Saham Bumiputera account.
The prosecutor requested for the transfer of the case so that the two abetting charges can be heard together with two other misappropriation charges involving RM1.12 million belonging to Bersatu.
Meanwhile, Judge Suzana also fixed 30 November for the remention of the case while waiting for the hearing of the case transfer from the Sessions Court to the High Court. -MalaysiaGazette
Syed Saddiq claims trial to 2 fresh charges amounting to RM100,000