KUALA LUMPUR – The High Court has acquitted Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan of two counts money laundering and giving false statement to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) charges.
The Member of Parliament (MP) of Pontian was being charged with failing to declare RM2 million he received from Datuk Seri Najib Razak to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) and gave false statement to the MACC.
High Court Judge Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh delivered the verdict to discharge and acquit the Secretary-General of UMNO as the prosecution withdrew the case against him after he paid a RM1.1 million compound.
According to Ahmad’s defence counsel, Hamidi Mohd Noh, the settlement was not a guilty confession to the charges, and it has no relation to any other political or external factors.
“The verdict is a win-win settlement for all parties, in line with the law,” said a statement issued by Messrs. Shahrul Hamidi and Haziq today.
Therefore, he said that everyone should respect the acquittal and dismissal of the two charges against Ahmad.
According to him, the settlement process is nothing new as it has taken almost a year before it is finally accepted and recorded in the court today.
“The settlement process has gone through several series of application, discussion, arbitration by the two related parties and it was only recorded in the court after it has been finalised.
“The settlement is finalised after the parties are ready to give their commitment to the agreed settlement terms,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette