KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 2020: Former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman has been freed from all the 46 corruption and money laundering charges against him.
High Court Judge Muhammad Jamil Hussin made the decision here today after the prosecution, represented by deputy public prosecutor Azhar Abdul Hamid, said it was withdrawing all charges against Musa.
Musa had claimed trial to 35 corruption charges on Nov 5, 2018. Five were subsequently dropped.
He had also claimed trial to 16 money laundering charges
His lawyer Amer Hamzah Arshad said Musa had actually been cleared of those allegations by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as well as Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption between 2008 and 2012.
He said the defence team had explained what happened to the investigations in two countries in its affidavit for striking out the cases, which was affirmed by former attorney-general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail.
He also said that the move to slap money laundering and bribery charges against Musa was an abuse of process and political prosecution.
He added that the defence was actually ready to proceed with the trial in September and would have file a malicious prosecution lawsuit against the government if it succeed.