Court grants Syed Saddiq offer to transfer case to High Court

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KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has allowed a request by Muar Syed Saddiq MP Syed Abdul Rahman to transfer his criminal case from Sessions Court to the High Court.

In his ruling, Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan said the court was confident unusual legal issues would arise during the hearing.

“It would be opportune for justice to result in the case against the applicant being tried by the High Court. The request is therefore granted,” the judge said after hearing the parties’ arguments here on Thursday (November 25th).

On July 22, at Sessions Court here, Syed Saddiq was indicted in his capacity as leader of the Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Youth (Armada) Party, which had been entrusted with control of the Armada fund, with committing a CBT by withdrawing RM1mil via a check from CIMB Bank Berhad without having obtained the authorization of the Supreme Board of Directors of Bersatu.

He allegedly committed the offense at a CIMB Bank Berhad branch in Menara CIMB KL Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, here, on March 6, 2020, under article 405 of the Penal Code, which is punishable under article 406 of the same code, providing for a maximum prison sentence of 10 years with flogging and a possible fine in the event of conviction.

The former Minister of Youth and Sports is also accused of embezzling RM120,000 of donations intended for the GE14 campaign collected through the Maybank Islamic Berhad account held by Armada Bumi Bersatu Enterprise.

The act was allegedly committed at Maybank Islamic Berhad, Taman Pandan Jaya here between April 8 and April 21, 2018, in accordance with article 403 of the Penal Code, which is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years with flogging and a possible fine, if convicted.

On August 5, in Johor Baru Magistrates’ Court, Syed Saddiq was charged with two counts of money laundering, namely two RM50,000 transactions from his Maybank Islamic Berhad account to his Amanah Saham account. Bumiputera, which is said to be the product of illegal activities.

He allegedly committed the acts in a bank in Jalan Persisiran Perling, Taman Perling here on June 16 and 19, 2018.

The charges were made under section 4 (1) (b) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Financing of Terrorism and Proceeds from Illegal Activity Act 2001, which is punishable under of article 4 (1) of the same law, providing for a maximum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a fine of at least five times the amount or the proceeds of the illegal activities.

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