Former Malaysian PM charged with corruption over projects launched while in office – National

By Rozanna Latiff


Posted March 9, 2023 9:23 pm

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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was charged on Friday with abuse of energy and cash laundering over projects launched beneath his premiership, accusations that he mentioned have been politically motivated.

The fees come simply three months after Muhyiddin misplaced a intently fought and divisive normal election to Anwar Ibrahim, and are more likely to improve political tensions in Malaysia.

Muhyuddin, who led the nation for 17 months between 2020 and 2021, turns into the second Malaysian chief to be charged with crimes after dropping energy.

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At a Kuala Lumpur periods court docket, the previous premier was charged with 4 counts of abuse of energy involving 232.5 million ringgit (US$51.40 million), and two counts of cash laundering involving 195 million ringgit (US$43.1 million).

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Muhyiddin pleaded not responsible to all six prices and has beforehand mentioned the costs have been “political persecution” of the opposition.

The previous premier faces as much as 15 years in jail if discovered responsible on the cash laundering cost, and as much as 20 years for the abuse of energy cost.

He will even be topic to a heavy monetary penalty.

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Muhyiddin was granted bail by the choose and requested to give up his passport.

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Prime Minister Anwar mentioned he has not interfered in graft investigations involving Muhyiddin and left it to legislation enforcement businesses.

Instantly after the election win in November, Anwar mentioned he would launch a evaluation of presidency projects price billions of {dollars} authorised by Muhyiddin, together with COVID-19 aid packages, alleging they didn’t comply with correct procedures.

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(Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; writing by A. Ananthalakshmi; Enhancing by Ed Davies)

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