Umno division chief charged with laundering RM11 million, DAP financier implicated

(FMT) – A Penang Umno leader has been charged at the sessions court here with 106 counts of money laundering amounting to over RM11 million in cash, stocks and property as ‘gifts’ received from various companies.

Bayan Baru Umno chief Mansor Musa was charged with receiving kickbacks between Sept 2011 and Aug 10, 2020. The source of the kickbacks was not named in the court documents shown to reporters.

Mansor, who was Batu Maung assemblyman from 2004 to 2008, was charged with 42 counts of engaging in money laundering and 64 counts of abetting laundering in the span of over nine years.

The case is being investigated under Section 4(1)(a) and (b) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001.

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The offence under subsection (a) carries a maximum fine of RM5 million and/or a maximum five years jail, while subsection (b) provides a penalty of a maximum 15-year jail term and a fine of five times the illegal proceeds or RM5 million, whichever is higher.

Mansor, who is also Koperasi Tunas Muda Sungai Ara Berhad’s board of directors chairman, pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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Deputy public prosecutors Faridz Gohim Abdullah, Muhammad Asraf Mohamed Tahir and Muhamad Azlan Basri prosecuted. Kek Boon Wei and Helen Ng represented Mansor.

Sessions judge Norhayati Mohamad Yunus set Sept 28 for case management pending submission of documents. She also ordered Mansor to surrender his passport and report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission monthly.

Faridz applied for a RM2 million bail due to the “severity” of the charges. However, Norhayati allowed bail at RM500,000 with one surety.

It was earlier reported that a Datuk who leads a Penang cooperative had received kickbacks amounting to RM16 million from a Tan Sri developer in exchange for being allowed to develop land owned by the cooperative.

The Datuk is also expected to be charged in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.