Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Malaysia: Oct 22 hearing for Umno lawyer’s RM15 million money laundering case

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The Sessions Court here will hear the RM15 million money laundering case of Umno lawyer Hafarizam Harun on Oct 22.

Judge Azman Ahmad set the trial date today after deputy public prosecutor Mohd Ashrof Adrin Kamarul said the prosecution had handed over all relevant documents to Hafarizam.

Ashrof also said there had been no orders to transfer the case to the High Court.

The trial will continue from Nov 11 to 13.

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Hafarizam, Umno’s legal adviser, is accused of receiving the money from former prime minister Najib Razak in 2014 and 2015. The lawyer had represented Najib in the latter’s civil cases.

It is understood that the prosecution will call about 15 witnesses to testify.

Hafarizam’s lawyer, Hasnal Rezua Merican, told the court that the defence intends to file an application for more details on the charges against him.

Related: Investigation extends into Umno as MACC follows the money trail of billions

“We are following the ongoing SRC International trial, and the witness from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) told the court that over RM600 million was deposited into Najib’s account from the Saudi Arabian finance ministry and a prince.

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“We think that this is relevant to our defence,” he said.

He added that they would file the application for more details by Sept 6.

Azman then fixed Sept 23 as a tentative date to hear Hafarizam’s bid to obtain further details on his charges.

MACC investigating officer Rosli Hussain told the High Court in Najib’s trial that RM642 million was transferred to the former prime minister’s bank account.

Besides Hafarizam, Najib’s lead counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah has also been slapped with two counts of money laundering for allegedly receiving RM9.5 million from Najib.

Shafee is representing Najib in all of his criminal cases.

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