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Shafee buys bungalow in Bukit Tunku using RM9.5 million check given by Najib

The High Court today was told that checks amounting to RM9.5 million received by Muhammad Shafee Abdullah from Najib Razak in 2013 and 2014, were used to buy a bungalow house in Bukit Tunku.

Malaysian Anti -Corruption Commission (MACC) Assistant Commissioner Mohd Nasharudin Amir, 49, said Shafee made the confession when his conversation was recorded by him (Mohd Nasharudin) on July 28, 2017.

“Based on the answer given by Shafee in the recording of the conversation, two checks worth RM4.3 million and RM5.2 million respectively received from Najib as payment for legal advice given by the lawyer to the former prime minister and the party, were used to buy houses worth RM9.5 million, ”he said.

Nasharudin, who was then the head of the Investigation Unit of the Anti -Money Laundering Branch, Putrajaya MACC Investigation Division, said Shafee told him that the RM9.5 million check had nothing to do with his appointment as deputy public prosecutor in the sodomy appeal case involving Anwar Ibrahim.

The fourth prosecution witness said this when reading his witness statement on the third day of the trial of Shafee’s case who allegedly received RM9.5 million in proceeds from illegal activities from Najib and two charges of making false statements to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB).

According to the witness, Shafee also told him that he did not know the source of the money for the two checks he received and never asked Najib where the source of the money came from.

On the process of recording the conversation, Nasharudin said it was made at the office of Messrs. Shafee & Co and Shafee who was not handcuffed because at that time, was a witness in the investigation into the RM2.6 billion money allegedly put into Najib’s account before being transferred to several individuals and companies. .

When questioned by lawyer Harvinderjit Singh, the witness said he did not remember whether he had asked for any documents related to the purchase of the house from Shafee when the recording of the conversation was recorded.

Meanwhile, Zulfaqar Mohd Khalil, 29, Assistant Superintendent at Investigation Branch D, Putrajaya MACC Headquarters, said when recording Shafee’s speech on September 11, 2018, at the commission’s headquarters, the lawyer also said that the money was used to purchase land and bungalows. three storey.

The fifth prosecution witness said Shafee informed this after he was referred to the original document of the sale and purchase agreement dated February 21, 2014 when the recording of his conversation was taken.

Zulfaqar said Shafee also informed that he provided legal services to clients from Barisan Nasional, related to election petitions for 2004 to 2006, with 46 files having been opened.

“Shafee also explained that he had met Najib on September 5, 2013, and stated that the total cost of legal services provided was about RM12 million. He suggested to Najib that if payment was to be made, the actual amount would be RM11.5 million.

“During the meeting, Shafee confirmed that he had informed Najib that he needed money to buy a house worth RM9.5 million and Najib told the lawyer to take RM9.5 million first before giving two checks worth RM4.3 each. million and RM5.2 million.

“According to Shafee, Najib agreed to RM9.5 million as a loan until he and Najib made a ‘rationalization’,” said the witness.

On September 13, 2018, Shafee pleaded not guilty to two charges of receiving money from illegal activities amounting to RM9.5 million through two checks issued by Najib which were deposited into his CIMB Bank Berhad account.

He is alleged to have received a check for RM4.3 million on September 13, 2013 and RM5.2 million on February 17, 2014.

Shafee is charged with committing both offenses at CIMB Bank Bhd, Taman Tunku, Bukit Tunku under Section 4 (1) (a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds from Illegal Activities Act 2001 which carries a maximum jail term of five years and a fine of RM5 million or both, if convicted.

The lawyer also faces two charges of engaging in transactions resulting from illegal activities, namely submitting incorrect returns and contrary to paragraph 113 (1) (a) of the Income Tax Act 1967 for the financial years ended 31 December 2013 and 31 December 2014.

He was charged with committing the offense at the LHDN’s Jalan Duta branch, Government Office Complex, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim on March 3, 2015 and June 29, 2015 and faces a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and a fine of five times the total proceeds of illegal activities.

The trial before judge Datuk Muhammad Jamil Hussin continues tomorrow.