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Syed Saddiq reaffirms 'not guilty' plea as RM100,000 trial transferred to KL courts

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 10): Former youth and sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman today reaffirmed his “not guilty” plea in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court involving the RM100,000 money laundering charges against him.

Syed Saddiq, who initially pleaded “not guilty” to the charges in the Johor Baru Sessions Court on Aug 5, sought to transfer the two charges to the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur. 

His plea was re-recorded before Sessions Court Judge Suzana Hussin to complete the transfer of the charges from Johor Baru to Kuala Lumpur. 

Separately, the Muar Member of Parliament was also charged in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on July 22, which involved two charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT) and misappropriation of over RM1.12 million from his former political party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu). 

With regard to the charges this morning, he was charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 for both charges. 

For the first charge, he was alleged to have transferred illegally RM50,000 from his Maybank Islamic Bhd account to his Amanah Saham Bumiputera account at a Maybank Islamic Bhd branch in Taman Perling, Johor on June 16, 2018.

For the second charge, he was alleged to have committed the same crime, but on June 19, 2018. 

The charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years' jail and a fine of not less than five times the alleged illegal proceeds.

The prosecution in the case last month applied to transfer the case to Kuala Lumpur, citing that both trials against Syed Saddiq have the same witnesses. 

Additionally, the judge fixed Nov 30 for case mention as an application to transfer the two cases to the High Court will be heard on Nov 25. 

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