KUALA LUMPUR — March 5, 2019: Former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman was today charged with 16 counts of money laundering involving US$37.8 million and SG$2.5 million between June 2006 and May 2008.
Musa, 68, pleaded not guilty. “I claim trial,” said Musa who was sitting in the dock, as his lawyer Francis Ng Aik Guan had requested that Musa be allowed to sit due to health problems.
Musa was alleged to have instructed one Richard Christopher Barnes to open an account at UBS AG Bank in Singapore in June 2006 under the latter’s name to receive proceeds from illegal activities.
For the second to 15th counts, Musa was accused of receiving several transactions through Barnes’ bank account and believed to be proceeds from illegal activities, reported Bernama.
For the 16th count, Musa was accused to have instructed Barnes to transfer all of his assets and future inflows, believed to be proceeds from illegal activities, from Barnes’ account to his personal account at UBS AG Bank in Zurich.
For the second to 16th charges, Musa was accused of committing the offenses at the UBS AG Bank in Hong Kong between June 2006 and May 2008.
All the charges are under the Anti-Money Laundering, Prevention of Terrorism Financing and Proceeds from Unlawful Activities Act.
Ng informed the court that his client had received a letter from the Independent Commission Against Corruption of Hong Kong (ICAC) dated December 22, 2011 which stated that the commission had completed its inquiry into Musa, with the deputy ICAC commissioner agreeing that no further investigation would be taken.