KUALA LUMPUR: Former executive of Petronas (Construction) Carigali Sdn. Bhd. (PCSB) pleaded not guilty in two Sessions Courts here today on 37 charges of receiving corruption involving RM6.1 million and six charges of money laundering amounting to almost RM940,000.
Before Judge Rozina Ayob, Mohd. Amal M. Razalan, 36, asked to be tried on 37 charges of accepting bribes of RM6.1 million involving different amounts between RM2,078 and RM825,503.60 at different times.
The accused is alleged to have committed the act between 21 December 2016 and 1 August 2019 at Maybank Berhad KLCC Branch, Petronas Twin Towers, Jalan Ampang here.
According to the charge, Mohd. Amal is alleged to have received bribes from two different individuals (a company director and a project manager) through checks deposited into another company’s Maybank Berhad account.
The accused is accused of accepting bribes as a result of collusion with an individual as a reward for helping an engineering company obtain maintenance work for
Mohd. Amal is charged under Section 16 (a) (A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 read together with Section 28 (1) (c) of the same act and can be punished under Section 24 of the act.
The section provides for a maximum imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount or value of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
Rozina allowed the accused to be bailed at RM150,000 with one surety and fixed February 15 for the mention of the case.
The court also ordered that the passport be surrendered as a bail condition and the accused be blacklisted from leaving the country until the disposal of the case.
The accused was also ordered to report to the MACC Putrajaya office once a month at the beginning of the month.
The accused was represented by lawyers Datuk Hasnal Rezua Merican and his son Muzammil Merican while the prosecution team was represented by Deputy Public Prosecutors Datuk Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin and Mohamad Fadhly Mohd. Zamri.
When the court was in session, Mohamad Fadhly asked for bail of between RM1 million and RM2 million because the amount was suitable to ensure the presence of the accused throughout the trial.
However, Hasnal Rezua applied for a maximum bail of RM100,000 on the grounds that his client had no permanent job after his service was terminated during the investigation.
According to the defense attorney, the accused supports his wife who does not work as well as two children and a father who is permanently paralyzed.
“The client’s four accounts as well as other assets have been frozen, so where is the accused going to get the financial resources to pay the bail?” said Hasnal Rezua.
According to the defense attorney, Mohd. Amal cooperated throughout the investigation since April last year.
Hasnal Rezua said, the accused will also be brought before the Shah Alam Sessions Court tomorrow on charges under the MACC Act.
According to him, the defense team will submit representations after receiving documents from the prosecution.
Meanwhile, before Judge Azura Alwi, Mohd. Amal was also charged with six counts of money laundering, five receiving and one using money amounting to RM939,334.10.
For the five AMLA charges, he is alleged to have received RM798,985.49 which was the proceeds of illegal activities, through four bank accounts belonging to a company director.
The offenses were allegedly committed at Maybank Berhad Petronas Twin Tower, Jalan Ampang and Dataran Maybank here as well as Public Bank Berhad branches Mont Kiara and Jalan Genting Kelang, here between 13 July 2017 and 15 March 2022.
As for another AMLA charge, he is accused of using money amounting to RM140,348.61 through two CIMB accounts belonging to him at CIMB Bank Berhad Jalan Pantai Baru, here on March 22, 2021 and March 18, 2022.
The six charges were made in accordance with subsection 4(1) (b) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act (AMLATFPUAA) 2001, which is punishable under subsection 4(1) of the same act.
The subsection provides for a prison sentence of not more than 15 years and can be fined not less than five times the amount or value of proceeds from illegal activities or RM5 million, whichever is higher, if convicted.
Azura allowed the accused to be bailed at RM30,000 with one surety and ordered the case to be mentioned on the same day. – MESSENGER
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