Family Trio Ordered To Enter Defence To Money-Laundering Charges
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) — The Sessions Court here today ordered three senior executives of Noradz Travel & Services Sdn Bhd, who are also family members, to enter their defence to money-laundering charges involving RM60 million.
Judge Rozana Ali Yusoff ordered Datuk Adzhar Sulaiman, 54, and his daughters Noradzma, 34, and Noradzrin, 25, to enter their defence to the charges after finding that the prosecution, represented by prosecuting officers from Bank Negara Anthony Khularaj, Fahmi Abd Moin and deputy public prosecutor Mohd Farez Rahman, had proven a prima facie case against them as well as their company.
The prosecution had called 52 witnesses in the trial which began on July 19 last year.
Noradzma, also a director of the company, is charged with 166 counts of money laundering, her father 28 counts while Noradzrin, a Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) student, 166 counts.
They are alleged to have used the money to buy several properties in Perak and Pahang, buy insurance and investment products and also transfer part of the money into a subsidiary of the company.
All the offences were allegedly committed at several banks around Kuala Lumpur including EON Bank Berhad, Malayan Banking Berhad, Ambank (M) Berhad and Eoncap Islamic Berhad, between Aug 2007 till Jan 6 2009.
They have been charged under Sub-section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Prevention of Terrorism Act 2001 which provides for a maximum fine of RM5 million or five years jail or both upon conviction.
Rozana also ordered Adzhar and Noradzma to enter their defence to a separate charge each of illegal deposit-taking between July 2006 till October 2008 at premises No 14-1A, Jalan 3/10, Pandan Jaya, here.
For this offence, the duo were charged under Section 25(1) of the Banking and Financial Institutions Act 1989 which provides for jail up to 10 years or fine up to RM10,000 or both, if convicted.
The court set Jan 26 for resumption of the trial and all three accused, who were represented by counsel Datuk Sallehuddin Saidin, opted to testify under oath from the witness stand.
The judge also ordered that the company enter defence for illegal-deposit taking at the Pandan Jaya premises from July 2006 till October 2008.
Noradz has a chain of companies that are involved in among others film and drama production, car rental, tourism an investment.