Najib’s former ally slapped with money laundering charges

Kuala Lumpur, Mar 5 (IANS) | Publish Date: 3/5/2019 12:55:20 PM IST

Malaysian prosecutors here on Tuesday charged a former ally of former Prime Minister Najib Razak with multiple counts of money laundering. Musa Aman, former Chief Minister of Sabah, was charged at a Kuala Lumpur court with 16 counts of money laundering amounting to $37 million, Xinhua news agency reported. The offences were committed between 2006 and 2008, reports say. Musa was accused of indirect involvement in alleged money laundering activities by instructing a bank account to be opened at a Singaporean bank to receive proceeds from an illicit transaction.

He was also accused of indirect involvement in money laundering through receiving illicit funds from various companies and individuals through a foreign bank between 2006 and 2008.  The largest recorded sum for a single transaction amounted to $16.15 million, the report said. Musa has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He is already facing 35 charges, filed in November 2018, for receiving $63.2 million in bribes in exchange for logging contracts.

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