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Shafee’s money laundering trial postponed as witness unwell

The hearing will continue at the Kuala Lumpur High Court tomorrow.

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The Kuala Lumpur High Court today postponed Muhammad Shafee Abdullah’s trial for charges of money laundering and making false statements to the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) to tomorrow as the seventh prosecution witness was unwell.

Deputy public prosecutor Afzainizam Abdul Aziz told judge Muhammad Jamil Hussin that LHDN tax officer Syed Nasrul Fahmi Syed Mohamad had informed him about his ill health at 8am.

“The witness is still under cross-examination. Our next witness would be the investigating officer. Hence, we request today’s trial be postponed to tomorrow,” he said.

As Shafee’s counsel Harvinderjit Singh did not object, the court then adjourned today’s trial with the hearing to continue tomorrow.

On Sept 13, 2018, Shafee pleaded not guilty to two charges of receiving RM9.5 million in proceeds from unlawful activities through two cheques issued by former prime minister Najib Razak which were deposited into his CIMB Bank account.

He was also charged with two counts of engaging in transactions resulting from illegal activities, namely submitting incorrect tax returns, which is in violation of Paragraph 113 (1) (a) of the Income Tax Act 1967, for the financial years ending Dec 31, 2013, and Dec 31, 2014.

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