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A lawyer asked about checks

Published on: Wednesday March 30, 2022

By: Bernama

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Kuala Lumpur: An investigator from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) told the High Court here that a complaint was filed on September 4, 2018 against lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who is suspected of receiving two cheques, in the amount of RM9.5 million, from Datuk Seri Najib Razak.Mohamad Farid Jabar, 37, said following the report that the lawyer had been investigated under the law MACC of 2009, the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act 2001 (AMLATFA) and the Money Laundering, Countering Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Terrorism Act 2001 illegal activities (AMLATFPUAA). The eighth prosecution witness said that the investigation revealed that Najib issued two cheques, for RM4.3 million and RM5.2 million, respectively, under the name of Muhammad Shafee on September 13, 2013 and on February 17, 2014 during a meeting with the former Prime Minister. minister’s office in Putrajaya.

“Both checks were not made out to the law firm Shafee & Co. Payment was not credited to any of the law firm’s accounts. “The RM9.5 million is a payment for legal advice provided by the defendant to Najib, the party and the prime minister previously because the lawyer had provided legal services to clients of Barisan Nasional or Umno for 46 election petition files from 2004 and 2006. “Legal fees of RM9.5 million are taxable income, but Muhammad Shafee did not report the income to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB),” said Mohamad Farid, who is the last prosecution witness during the reading of his witness statement to Muhammad Shafee. lawsuit for alleged money laundering and misrepresentation to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB). He told the court that the solicitor also failed to declare the income (RM9.5 million) as income from previous years not declared in Part E of Form B of the valuation year for 2013 and 2014.

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On September 13, 2018, Muhammad Shafee pleaded not guilty to two charges of receiving RM9.5 million which was the proceeds of illegal activities through two checks issued by Najib which were deposited in his CIMB Bank account Berhad. He was also charged with two counts of participating in transactions resulting from illegal activities, namely submitting incorrect tax returns, which is in violation of Section 113 (1) (a) of the Income Tax Act 1967 for the years ending December 31, 2013. , and December 31, 2014. The prosecution was led by Deputy Attorney General Afzainizam Abdul Aziz, while Muhammad Shafee was represented by attorney Harvinderjit Singh. The trial before Judge Datuk Muhammad Jamil Hussin continues on April 27.

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