The trial of Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who is facing four counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT), misappropriation of funds and money laundering of RM 1 million belonging to Bersatu’s youth wing, will start tomorrow at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.
The trial will take place before Judge Azhar Abdul Hamid at 9 a.m.
“Six prosecution witnesses are expected to testify tomorrow,” Deputy Prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin said when contacted by Bernama today.
Wan Shaharuddin said that the prosecution would call 40 witnesses at the trial. The court had previously set June 21-22, July 4-8, and July 18-22 to hear the case.
Syed Saddiq, 29, was initially charged in Sessions Court.
However, he requested that the case be transferred to the High Court. His request was allowed on November 25 last year.
On July 22, 2021, the former sports and youth minister was charged in court with one count of breach of trust and one count of embezzlement. On August 5 of the same year, he was indicted in a Johor Bahru court on two counts of money laundering.
The prosecution then requested to transfer the case in Johor Bahru to the Kuala Lumpur court for a joint hearing.
In the first charge, Syed Saddiq is accused as the then head of the Youth, in charge of controlling the funds of the wing, with the complicity of Rafiq Hakim Razali, the assistant treasurer of the Youth wing at the time, with CBT of RM1 million.
He was charged with committing the crime at CIMB Bank, Menara CIMB KL Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, on March 6, 2020, under Section 406 of the Penal Code which provides for imprisonment for up to 10 years with flogging, subject to a fine. after conviction.
He was also accused of embezzling RM120,000 in contributions collected through a Maybank Islamic account belonging to Armada Bumi Bersatu Enterprise at Maybank Islamic, Jalan Pandan 3/6A, Taman Pandan Jaya between April 8 and 21, 2018.
He can be jailed for up to five years and flogged, and can also be fined if convicted of the crime, under Section 403 of the Penal Code.
Syed Saddiq also faces two charges of engaging in money laundering activities in two transactions of RM50,000, believed to be the proceeds of illegal activity, from his Maybank Islamic account to his Amanah Saham Bumiputera account at a bank in Jalan Persisiran Perling, Taman Perling, Johor Bahru on June 16 and 19, 2018.
The charges came under Section 4 (1) (b) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Proceeds of Illicit Activities Act 2001, punishable under Section 4 (1) of the same Act , which establishes a maximum prison sentence. of 15 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount or product of illicit activities.