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Pakistan: Sessions Court set Aug 26 date for next mention of Umno legal advisor’s money-laundering charges

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The Sessions Court here has set August 26 for the next mention of lawyer Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun’s money-laundering charges, as his representation to review the charges was rejected by the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC).

Hafarizam, who is Umno’s legal advisor, was charged on Feb 21 with two counts of money laundering by depositing a total of RM15mil from Datuk Seri Najib Razak into his law firm’s bank account.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ashrof Adrin Kamarul informed the court on Monday (July 15) that Hafarizam’s representation to review the charges – filed on May 5 – had been rejected by the AGC on July 11.

DPP Ashrof then asked for a later date to know whether the case will be heard at the Sessions Court or the High Court.

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“The prosecution needs more time to request for the case to be transferred to the High Court,” he said, adding that it has not been decided whether the prosecution or the defence will make the request for the transfer.

“I was also made to understand that there could be more documents to be looked at by the investigator under Section 51A of the Criminal Procedure Code,” he added.

Hafarizam’s lawyer Datuk Hasnal Rezua Merican did not object to the request.

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Judge Azman Ahmad then set Aug 26 for the next mention of the case.

The first charge against Hafarizam was that he had allegedly deposited proceeds of unlawful activity totalling RM11.5mil through two AmIslamic Bank Bhd cheques belonging to Najib into the client account of his law firm at CIMB Bank Bhd between April 16 and Nov 4, 2014.

On the second charge, Hafarizam was accused of the same offence involving RM3.5mil, which he allegedly deposited via a cheque from Najib into the same client account on Feb 12, 2015.

The charges were under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Launde­ring, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activi­ties Act 2001.

He faces jail of up to 15 years and a fine of no less than five times the sum or value of the proceeds of the unlawful activity or RM5mil, whichever is higher, if convicted.

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