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LAST_UPDATESat, 23 Jun 2018 9pm

Matron, Sister-In-Law Claim Trial To Money- Laundering Amounting To RM500,000 Each

KUALA LUMPUR -- A matron at a government hospital and her sister-in-law pleaded not guilty at two Sessions Courts here today, to a charge of money-laundering amounting to RM500,000 each .

Huziana Othman, 49, who works at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar, Kedah and Norashikin Azmi, 38, made the plea after the charges were read out to them separately at the two courts.

Brought before Judge Madihah Harullah, Huziana was charged with transferring money amounting to RM500,000, from her personal account at the Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia Berhad to an account belonging to the Koperasi Amanah Pelaburan Berhad, believed to be proceeds from unlawful activities.

She was alleged to have committed the offence at the Koperasi Amanah Pelaburan Berhad, 10th Floor, Menara 2, Menara Kembar Bank Rakyat, No 33, Jalan Rakyat here on June 13, 2016.

Meanwhile, before Judge Allaudeen Ismail, Noorashikin was charged with transferring money amounting to RM500,000 from her personal account at the Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia Berhad to an account belonging to the Koperasi Amanah Pelaburan Berhad at the same place on April 19, 2016.

Noorashikin was also charged with receiving RM28,324.50 into her own account at the Affin Islamic Bank Berhad from the Techies Two Sdn Bhd’s account at the Public Islamic Bank Berhad.

She was alleged to have committed the offences at the Affin Islamic Bank Berhad, Menara Affin, 80, Jalan Raja Chulan here between Oct 28, 2016 and March 28, 2017.

Both women were charged under Section 4 (1) (b) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, Prevention of Terrorism Financing and Proceeds from Unlawful Activities (AMLA) 2001 which is punishable under section 4 (1) of the same act.

It provides for an imprisonment of up to 15 years and a fine of not less than five times the value of the proceeds, or RM5 million, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohammed Heikal Ismail from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) suggested a RM200,000 bail in one surety each and made application for the case to be transferred to the Alor Setar Sessions Court to be tried together with the other case faced by both accused, involving corruption and money laundering.

The court ordered RM40,000 bail in one surety each and allowed the prosecution's application for the case to be transferred to the Alor Setar Sessions Court for trial and fixed March 11 for mention.

-- BERNAMA