Ex-PAS no 2 slapped with 33 charges involving RM4 million

Former PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa today claimed trial to 33 charges of money laundering and criminal breach of trust (CBT) amounting to RM4 million.

(FMT) – Nasharudin was slapped with three charges under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (Amla) for the offence of money laundering amounting to RM302,069.60.

He also faces 30 other charges under Section 409 of the Penal Code for committing CBT involving RM3,721,683,80 between 2015 and 2018.

The charges were read before Shah Alam Sessions Court judge Norzilah Salleh.

Nasharudin faces up to 15 years’ jail for the Amla charges, and 20 years’ jail, a fine and caning for CBT.

Three of the CBT charges were in his capacity as CEO of the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF), while 27 charges were in his capacity as chairman of Yayasan Nassar.

Nasharudin was PAS deputy president from 2005 to 2013. He was sacked from the Islamist party over statements critical of the party and for being absent from meetings.

He became close to Najib Razak long before the coming together of Umno and PAS, and had accompanied the former prime minister on his visit to Gaza in Palestine.

In October 2015, Nasharudin was appointed to head GMM, which was tasked by the former government to showcase Malaysia as a moderate Muslim state.

He was formerly MP for Yan (1999-2004) and Bachok (2008-2013).

Nasharudin was questioned for six hours by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission in February over claims that PAS had received RM90 million from Umno, money allegedly from 1MDB.

He said at the time that he was asked to provide financial statements from his personal account and GMM.