Lawyer Muhammad Shafee settles remaining RM500,000 bail


Prominent lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who is facing two charges with receiving money from unlawful activities amounting to RM9.5 million from former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak and two counts of making incorrect filings under the Income Tax Act 1967, yesterday posted the remaining bail of RM500,000.

The payment was made by his son, Muhammad Farhan, who is part of the defence team representing Muhammad Shafee.

Muhammad Farhan arrived at the Jalan Duta Court Complex at 11.50am, accompanied by his father’s two bailors and the matter was settled by 1.30pm.

However, Muhammad Shafee was not present and attempts to get comments from Muhammad Farhan failed.

Last Thursday, Sessions Court Judge Azura Alwi allowed Muhammad Shafee bail of RM1 million in two sureties and also allowed the payment to be made in instalments until yesterday. He posted RM500,000 for the bail on that day (last Thursday).

Muhammad Shafee pleaded not guilty to two counts with receiving proceeds of unlawful activity totalling RM4.3million and RM5.2million through two AmIslamic Bank Bhd cheques issued by Najib. The cheques were remitted into Muhammad Shafee’s CIMB Bank account.

He allegedly committed the two offences at CIMB Bank Bhd, J2 & K1, Taman Tunku, Bukit Tunku in Kuala Lumpur on Sept 13, 2013, and Feb 17, 2014.

The charges under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 carry a fine not exceeding RM5 million, or up to five years in jail or both, upon conviction.

The lawyer also pleaded not guilty to two counts of directly engaging in a transaction that involved proceeds of unlawful activity by making an incorrect return on his income tax statements, thus breaching Para- graph 113(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act 1967 for the financial year ending Dec 31, 2013, and Dec 31, 2014.

He was alleged to have omitted the income received on Sept 13, 2013, amounting to RM4.3 million and RM5.2 million received on Feb 17, 2014, via two AmIslamic Bank cheques belonging to Najib, which were credited into CIMB Bank accounts.

The offences were allegedly committed at the Inland Revenue Board, Duta Branch, Government Office Complex Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim, in Kuala Lumpur on March 3, 2015, and June 29, 2015.

The charges were filed under Section 4(1)(a) Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities 2001.

The case has been fixed for mention on Oct 2. — Bernama