Malaysia

Minister’s ex-aide charged with money laundering RM935,000

By Clara Chooi
March 20, 2012
Latest Update: March 20, 2012 10:16 pm

 

Hasbie is led out by police after he was charged. — Picture by Choo Choy MayHasbie is led out by police after he was charged. — Picture by Choo Choy MaySHAH ALAM, March 20 — A former political secretary to federal minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop claimed trial today to 28 counts of money laundering totalling RM935,000.

Hasbie Satar, 39, had claimed trial to a similar charge in Butterworth last February involving RM2.1 million.

Hasbie’s counsel Y. Sheelan Samuagam, when appealing to the court to lower the RM100,000 bail proposed by deputy public prosecutor Anselm Fernandes, pointed out that his client has been dutifully attending all court hearings since he was charged last year.

“He is here to clear his name and he has been co-operating very well with the authorities. He has never failed to attend court,” he said.

But Fernandes pointed out that in the Butterworth matter, the court had set bail at RM60,000 for one charge involving RM2.1 million.

Sessions Court judge Aslam Zainuddin set bail at RM90,000 with one surety and fixed the case for mention on April 20.

He earlier rejected the DPP’s application for the matter to be transferred to Penang, noting that the transactions in the charges had been made here. Aslam, however, agreed for all 28 charges to be jointly heard.