Senior cop charged with money laundering

JOHOR BARU — A senior police officer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here yesterday to seven counts of money laundering involving RM2.07 million.

DSP Mohd Ismail Syed Merah, 53, claimed trial to the charges before judge Mohd Fauzi Mohd Nazir.

Mohd Ismail, who is with the Bukit Aman Logistic Department, was charged with committing the offence at three locations between Sept 4, 2014 and Dec 28 last year.

The locations are MAA Takaful Building in Jalan Tun Razak, Johor Baru, and the RHB and CIMB banks in Jalan Rahmat near Batu Pahat.

On five of the charges, Mohd Ismail was alleged to have used money obtained from unlawful activities to buy and increase investments in a Takafullife Insurance protection plan and a Takafulink plan registered under the name of his daughter, Nur Aqillah Mohd Ismail.

Two other charges were for committing money laundering and using a third party account belonging to one Tan Kim Tee, 58. The seven counts of money laundering involve more than RM2 million.

The prosecution, led by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission deputy public prosecutor Khazrin Haffiz Khalil, proposed bail of RM70,000.

However, defence lawyer Mohd Baharuddin Ahmad Kassim said Mohd Ismail could only raise RM60,000, borrowed from relatives, as his assets had been frozen.

The court set bail at RM100,000 and also barred Mohd Ismail from leaving the country.

The court fixed Jan 23 for case mention. — Bernama

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