KUALA LUMPUR: The RM1.1 million compound issued against Ahmad Maslan was a punitive act and a form of asset recovery under the country’s anti money laundering laws, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said in a statement.
It pointed out that Ahmad had actually been offered the deal in October 2019 but he had then chosen to go to court instead.
“Accordingly, he was accused of commiting two offences.
“These were under Sections 4(1) and 32(8)(c) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, and he was charged on Jan 20, 2020.”
The MACC noted that the prosecution decided to drop the charges against Ahmad after he paid the compound under Section 92(1) of AMLA. null
It was reported that Ahmad was acquitted and discharged of his money laundering and giving false statements to the MACC charges.
Judge Datuk Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh made the decision after the prosecution told the court that they had withdrawn the charges against the former deputy finance minister.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Mukhzani Faiz Mohd Mokhtar during proceedings told the court that Ahmad had paid RM1.1 million in compound.
Mohd Mukhzani then applied for discharge not amounting to acquittal against the Pontian Member of Parliament.
However, counsel Hamidi Mohd Noh who represented Ahmad objected and applied for full acquittal which means his client will no longer face the same charges again.
By : Rahmat Khairulrijal – NST