Former ally of Malaysia's former PM Najib discharged from money laundering charges

Source: Xinhua| 2020-06-09 17:03:40|Editor: huaxia

KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 (Xinhua) -- A former ally of Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak, accused of multiple counts of money laundering and corruption, was acquitted on Tuesday after the prosecution applied to withdraw all charges.

Musa Aman, former chief minister of the northern Borneo state of Sabah, was acquitted of all 46 charges against him involving logging concessions in Sabah and money laundering.

A Kuala Lumpur High Court granted an application by the prosecutors to withdraw all the charges during case management on Tuesday.

The 69-year-old Musa faced 30 charges of corruption and 16 charges of money laundering after stepping down following the general elections in 2018.

The corruption charges alleged that Musa in his capacity as chief minister and chairman of a foundation, had received 50.1 million U.S. dollars from eight logging concessionaires as an inducement to approve logging concessions for 16 companies.

He had pleaded not guilty to all charges.

In a statement following the decision, Musa maintained his innocence. Enditem