IPOH: A former deputy director of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) pleaded not guilty in the sessions court here today to three counts of money laundering, involving RM276,400.
Sabudin Mohd Salleh (pix), 58, then the senior deputy director at DBKL’s Civil Engineering and Urban Transportation Department, made the plea after the charges were read out to him before judge S. Indra Nehru.
On the first count, Sabudin was charged with using RM108,000 through five cheques, believed to be proceeds from unlawful activities, that were deposited into an account belonging to Sky Active Agro Farm at Agro Bank Berhad for the purchase of 40 cows.
The offence was allegedly committed at the Seri Iskandar branch of Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad, Jalan PP1, Bandar Universiti Seri Iskandar, between April 5 and 29, 2019.
He was also charged with using proceeds from unlawful activities, amounting RM147,400, made through five transactions, for the purchase of 51 cows from one Mohamed Yusof Yasin in Kampung Tersusun, Batu 3, Kampar, between April 1 and 20 last year.
The third count was for using RM21,000, believed to be proceeds from unlawful activities, to make deposit payments, in two transactions, for the purchase of 18 cows from one Abdul Razak Abdul Rani at KM 24, Kampung Teluk Bakong, Lambor Kanan, between April 10 and May 6 last year.
All the charges were framed under Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (Amlatfpuaa), which provides an imprisonment for up to 15 years and fine of not less than five times the amount of proceeds from the illegal activities, or RM5 million, whichever is higher, upon conviction.
Sabudin was allowed bail of RM16,000 with one surety for all charges and the court also set Feb 28 for mention.
He posted the bail. — Bernama